Food bank ap­pre­ci­ates kind­ness

New col­umn

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

On be­half of the trustees of the Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank, on the corner of Roslin Street and Tor­phin Cres­cent, we would like to say a huge Thank You to the peo­ple of Toko­roa.

We have just the one ap­peal day each year when the vol­un­teer fire bri­gade’s mem­bers give up their Sun­day to help us ob­tain do­na­tions of cans and other food items.

This year the bri­gade ar­ranged for two St John Am­bu­lance ve­hi­cles and their driv­ers to as­sist us as well.

Last Sun­day the two bri­gades drove their ap­pli­ances around ev­ery street in the town and out to Am­is­field re­sult­ing in a truly won­der­ful re­sponse from the peo­ple of this town of ours.

It is a priv­i­lege to live in such a com­mu­nity. We now have enough cans and pack­aged food to see us well into 2011. In the 14 years I have been in­volved with these events, this one has to be the best ever.

Our thanks too, to all the other peo­ple who also gave up their Sun­day to make the drive such a suc­cess.

There are so many in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions which con­trib­uted, thank you to the Pine Nee­dles Patch­work Group, Toko­roa Squash Club, our vol­un­teer team, peo­ple who pro­vided their vans and trail­ers to bring do­na­tions in and we are in­debted, the Catholic Women’s League, the South Waikato News and the ra­dio sta­tions.

We are also grate­ful to the many in­di­vid­u­als from our com­mu­nity who have helped us with their work and skills, not only last Sun­day but all through the year.

Nick Plais­towe Trustee, Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank Trust

(abridged) To­day the South Waikato News runs the first of what will be a reg­u­lar col­umn from Enivronment Waikato councillor Norm Barker.

The role EW plays in the district is an im­por­tant one and Mr Barker will be writ­ing for the paper reg­u­larly to update read­ers on what the re­gional coun­cil is do­ing.

To­day’s col­umn can be found on page eight. at­ten­tion to my dilemma at 3am Sun­day re­cently.

To Dave Mor­ris and Mike Gubb and the other two gentle­men thank you for the pro­fes­sional way you helped us, also for your cour­tesy and for your won­der­ful sense of hu­mour, es­pe­cially at 3 in the morn­ing.

Once again on be­half of my­self and my wife, thanks. Tommy Edgar

Toko­roa about their chil­dren trick or treat­ing.

Oth­ers do not ap­prove of how Hal­loween cel­e­brates dark­ness and fear with scary masks, cos­tumes or ac­tiv­i­ties.

Some seek a Hal­loween al­ter­na­tive be­cause of what they see is a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence at Hal­loween, one that en­cour­ages neg­a­tive or poor be­hav­iour.

It’s a shame the safety mes­sage of a grow­ing com­mu­nity event got lost in an out­dated view. Colin Bri­dle


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