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.