Julie King still in the spot­light

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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