Turning the heat up
Seeing kids turning up to school shivering has promoted a Tokoroa mother to take action.
Sonia Winikerei has started the Warm Up for Winter Tokoroa Appeal which is working with local schools until June 23 to collect good quality clothing and blankets for those in need.
Winikerei said there was a real need within the community.
‘‘I drop my kids off at school in the morning and I see a lot of kids without warm clothing so I thought ‘let’s do something as a community’,’’ she said.
‘‘I am hoping to reduce a lot of The Warm Up for Winter Tokoroa Appeal takes place until June 23. Visit Facebook, email email@example.com or talk to your school to find out how you can get involved.
the health risks that we have such as strep’ throat, rheumatic fever, and asthma because a lot of our families can’t afford to put the power on or the heater on, if they are living in a home with no fireplace, and even firewood costs.’’
After putting the word out via Facebook she formed a committee with three other ladies who then got in touch with local schools and other child focused services.
‘‘We are aiming it at newborn through to intermediate aged children and so far 60 per cent of Tokoroa schools have got back to us and they have been nothing but positive about it,’’ she said.
‘‘Flyers have been given out to the schools and how we will figure out which children get these parcels is through referrals so if you think your child needs clothes, regardless of where you are financially, this is what this is here for so just go for it.’’
‘‘We are just asking for names, gender and size and for privacy reasons only my eyes will go on the names,’’ she said.
She said people can drop off clothing at any participating school, the Tokoroa Council of Social Services (TCOSS), or at the United Community Centre.
‘‘We’re asking for jackets, long sleeve tops, pants, jerseys ,socks, blankets, baby clothing and wraps for newborns, singlets, beanies, and winter pyjamas from newborn size to adult large,’’ she said.
‘‘They have to be washed and have no stains or rips. It has to be something you would put on your own children.’’
Parcels will be distributed from June 26-30. Morehu said the Taupo policing area is set to get four, in year one, but that’s four more than he anticipated.
‘‘I actually prepared my management team to receive none of those because Western Bay of Plenty is growing [a lot] and all that comes with it,’’ he said.
‘‘We are thankful about [getting 69 to 80 in the district over four years] but in saying that we are one of the districts that is well under the pump.’’
Morehu made the announcement while speaking during the South Waikato District Council’s meeting on Thursday and said while he can’t yet announce where the four staff will be located he said Tokoroa was one area that’s set to benefit staff wise.
He said new staff will be assigned to a tactical crime unit to help combat the likes of methamphetamine which he described as one of the main problems the district