De­ter­mined fundrais­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

There is a cer­tain charm to the Kiwi car boot sale: pun­ters mak­ing cheeky of­fers, kids rum­mag­ing for treasure, mates stop­ping to chat be­tween show­ers of rain.

For the past seven months, Mata­mata’s Bruce Len­nox has taken this tried-and-true for­mula and turned it into a way to help oth­ers.

Once a month, the Mata­mata Bap­tist Church car park hosts an as­sort­ment of stalls with pro­ceeds from the fees go­ing to­wards district or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Wa­haroa Kids Club and Starfish So­cial Ser­vices.

As well as over­see­ing the car boot sale, Mr Len­nox runs his own Or­phans Aid stall to raise money for an or­phan­age in Thai­land.

‘‘There are 150 mil­lion chil­dren in the world liv­ing with­out proper parental care,’’ said Mr Len­nox.

‘‘We can try and make a small dif­fer­ence in the lives of some of those chil­dren.’’

Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional is a char­i­ta­ble trust based in Queen­stown that works to help disad­van­taged chil­dren pri­mar­ily in Ro­ma­nia, Rus­sia, Nepal and In­dia, as well as New Zealand.

Mr Len­nox, along with his wife Au­drey, has ex­pe­ri­enced first hand the level of hard- ship that some coun­tries face.

The in­trepid cou­ple have ven­tured to Ro­ma­nia four times since 1995, even liv­ing in the city of Iasi for a year in 1998.

‘‘ If more peo­ple could go over to places like that and re­ally see how the other half lives, they would have a whole dif­fer­ent out­look on life,’’ said Mrs Len­nox.

In­volved in projects rang­ing from build­ing a women’s


th­ese refuge in a foot of snow, to cook­ing for a school for three months, the pair said Ro­ma­nia had got­ten into their blood.

‘‘We would go back there to­mor­row if we could,’’ said Mr Len­nox.

In the mean­time, they have jumped on board with Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional’s Christchurch Earth­quake Re­lief Fund, which was launched fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing quake on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Ear­lier this year, the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­leased the Paris Cook­book Fair Chefs Char­ity Cook­book in sup­port of the fund and is now sell­ing the books na­tion­wide.

Mr Len­nox will have a sample of the cook­book at the Or­phans Aid stall at the car boot sale this Satur­day.

Kiwi chefs Julie Biuso and Robert Oliver fea­ture in the book, along­side an in­ter­na­tional line-up of celebrity chefs from around the world.

If you are in­ter­ested in or­der­ing a cook­book con­tact Mr Len­nox on 880 9557.

Close to home: Mata­mata cou­ple Bruce and Au­drey Len­nox are help­ing to sell cook­books to raise funds for Can­ter­bury.

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