Julie King still in the spotlight
As a ‘‘ratbag’’ child Julie King never made any space for awards, until now.
The Tokoroa icon took out the regional final of the TSB community spirit award and is in the running for the national title.
‘‘I’ve never won an award before . . . I was a ratbag as a kid but I got one of those primary school certificates I just thought ‘oh they just want to keep me quiet’.’’ she said.
King believed she won for her anti-legal high campaign and the Tokoroa soup kitchen she established, Love Soup.
But the modest 40-year old mother of four said she does not even know what to do with the award.
And though she has been in the spotlight for the last three years, it has never become any easier.
‘‘The real me wants to run away . . . that sounds bad because the attention is really nice and the people here are lovely but I like being alone.’’ she said.
The first thought that popped into her mind was what it could mean for Love Soup.
‘‘I thought ‘it’ll be good for Love Soup’ . . . my total love is to drive and help people,’’ she said.
She said the idea started off a ‘‘ chain reaction’’ as other soup kitchens popped up around the country. King’s hard work is seen at Tokoroa’s kitchen as it hosts a hoard of volunteers and customers.
‘‘We had over a 100 people on Monday,’’ she said.
Through it all King said her family sacrificed time with her to allow her to pursue the concept.