School mufti day ben­e­fits lo­cal el­derly

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

The joy on the faces of pen­sion­ers was hard to miss.

Forty food parcels packed with fresh veg­eta­bles, soaps, canned food, bread, and home­made mini mince pies were de­liv­ered to lo­cal pen­sion­ers on Thurs­day.

The gen­eros­ity was sparked by For­est View High School stu­dent Iso­bella Jack­son,17, who funded it through a mufti day at the school.

‘‘I re­mem­bered in Eng­land, where I spent my child­hood, we did this thing called Har­vest where stu­dents brought in food which then got de­liv­ered to the el­derly.

‘‘I was try­ing to think of some­thing where we wouldn’t have to put too much money in but still make a big im­pact so I thought why not bring it to Tok’,’’ she said.

In­stead of bring­ing in the usual gold coin do­na­tions on mufti day, stu­dents brought food and es­sen­tial clean­ing items to go into parcels for lo­cal pen­sion­ers.

‘‘We man­aged to get over 300 items and there was also the op­tion of bring­ing in money which we used to­wards buy­ing more food,’’ Iso­bella said.

She worked with Toko­roa City Lions to de­ter­mine which pen­sion­ers would re­ceive the parcels.

‘‘They have a pensioner list of who they give fire­wood to so we got that list,’’ she said.

New World also do­nated fruit and bread. Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Gar­dens provided ‘‘a whole heap of veg­gies’’, and Iso­bella’s step dad’s com­pany Ecurb Elec­tri­cal do­nated $350.

‘‘It is a big thing be­cause it shows there is still com­pas­sion around.’’

‘‘It’s been a re­ally big com­mu­nity project,’’ she said.

Iso­bella said it was im­por­tant for young peo­ple to con­sider the el­derly. ‘‘Usu­ally the el­derly are over­looked and we don’t see the trou­ble they have to go through,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m hop­ing it be­comes a tra­di­tion and that other schools start do­ing the same, even if it’s once a term be­cause you can do a lot with some­thing as lit­tle as bring­ing in one can of baked beans.’’

Pensioner Opal Far­quhar­son said it was mov­ing see­ing young peo­ple want­ing to help.

‘‘To me it is a big thing be­cause it shows there is still com­pas­sion around,’’ she said.

‘‘I be­lieve at the end of the day when you pass over you will be judged. There are a lot of peo­ple who couldn’t care less if we were here or not so to see chil­dren do­ing it and to know there are still chil­dren that care is a big lift.’’

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

From left Ry­ley Rob­son, Opal Far­quhar­son, Joyce West­brooke, and Iso­bella Jack­son with the mufti day pensioner food parcels.

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