Free lunch for graffiti busters
Jay Marson and Karina Ratana never have much in the way of spare cash.
But some of it will still go towards hungry teens who they supervise each school holidays.
The duo are what remains of Waitangirua Action Group, formed 10 years ago to wipe out graffiti in Porirua.
With funding from Porirua and Wellington councils, and Wellington Electricity, they paint over graffiti throughout suburbs of both cities.
Part of their job is to engage with young people, giving them paint brushes to do work during school holidays following referrals from police and Child, Youth and Family.
However, with every cent needed to get by, paying for their young charges’ breakfast and lunch each day can take its toll on their budget.
In the past six years, Marson and Ratana have had 200 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 16, assist them.
Tawa and Porirua Rotary clubs heard of what it costs the duo out of their own pocket and, on Tuesday, handed over a $500 New World voucher to buy breakfast and lunch.
‘‘It’s something we could do to help in some way,’’ Porirua Rotary president David Stewart said. ‘‘Jay and Karina do such a great job with these young people, but they shouldn’t always have to feed them themselves.’’
Ratana said they were thankful towards the Rotary clubs - and Porirua City Council for acting as a go-between - so that a little of the burden was taken off their shoulders.