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There are so many good char­i­ties do­ing good work in New Zealand that it seems hard to sin­gle one out. But char­ity Eat my Lunch has done a won­der­ful job of com­bin­ing a char­ity with some­thing we all need - lunch.

So it was good news to see that it has set up in Welling­ton. Hur­ri­canes prop Jef­fery To’oma­gaAllen and star wing Ju­lian Savea were among those who launched the char­ity for chil­dren go­ing hun­gry at school at the decile one Kahu­rangi School, Strath­more Park.

Eat my Lunch works sim­ply. You pay for a lunch which is de­liv­ered to your work­place - but some of the money goes to pay­ing for lunch for a hun­gry child. The char­ity, which says that things get harder in the win­ter months for chil­dren and strug­gling par­ents, is al­ready pro­vid­ing lunches in 35 schools in Auck­land, two in Hamil­ton and, now, five in Welling­ton.

Savea told the me­dia that it brings a per­son back down to earth when you find out chil­dren are go­ing hun­gry at lo­cal schools. ‘‘That’s kind of heart­break­ing.’’

He is so right. It is heart­break­ing to think that even in our cap­i­tal city there are chil­dren go­ing hun­gry at school. Thank good­ness a char­ity like Eat my Lunch has come up with a smart way to help. - Jeremy Rees, Na­tional

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