Stu­dents help hun­gry with good cans

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

Gen­eros­ity was out in force at South Waikato schools dur­ing the Wat­tie’s Cans for Good ini­tia­tive.

Toko­roa North School, Pu­taruru Col­lege, Am­is­field School, and Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School all took part in the na­tional ini­tia­tive last week which en­cour­aged stu­dents to bring along cans of food to do­nate to their lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army food­bank. How­ever many cans were col­lected, Wat­tie’s pledged to match it.

An im­pres­sive 800 cans were col­lected from the schools dur­ing the week which means 1600 cans will be do­nated to the Toko­roa Sal­va­tion Army Food­bank to help the hun­gry peo­ple of Toko­roa.

Toko­roa North School and Am­is­field School also got their cre­ative juices flow­ing by tak­ing part in a com­pe­ti­tion to cre­ate some­thing out of the cans.

Toko­roa North School de­cided to cre­ate a mother and baby snake out of its 380 cans and Am­is­field School made a gi­ant sil­ver fern out of its 322 cans.

Stu­dent Conor, 11, said it was chal­leng­ing but worth it.

‘‘We spent all lunchtime and lit­tle bit of time af­ter­wards mak­ing the snake out of all the cans we had been col­lect­ing over the week and added some eyes and other lit­tle de­tails,’’ he said.

‘‘We learnt about fundrais­ing

‘‘The amount of cans col­lected is al­most a two for one ra­tio.’’

for peo­ple and it was also an act of kind­ness.’’

Am­is­field School teacher David Collins said he was blown away by how giv­ing the stu­dents were.

‘‘All of the classes have tried to outdo each other. They have brought in ev­ery­thing, it has been amaz­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘The amount of cans col­lected is al­most a two for one ra­tio for the stu­dents which is awe­some.’’

Toko­roa Sal­va­tion Army corps of­fi­cer Faye Molen thanked the schools for their gen­eros­ity.

‘‘I think the most touch­ing thing is that it has come at such a young age. They are just stu­dents and they are learn­ing about how to be­come gen­er­ous peo­ple, give back, and share, and that for us is the most im­por­tant thing,’’ she said.

‘‘We have about seven fam­i­lies a day com­ing into the food­bank so the cans will make a huge dif­fer­ence. The word thank you is not enough.’’

Pu­taruru Col­lege also do­nated $150 from its mufti day.

Pho­tos of the cre­ations will now go be­fore a panel to de­ter­mine New Zealand’s win­ner.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Am­is­field School teacher David Collins Toko­roa North School stu­dents dis­play their snakes made out of cans.

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