Lo­cal char­ity to ben­e­fit

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

A lo­cal char­ity has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a Tau­ranga busi­ness­woman, who has made the char­ity the re­cip­i­ent of an an­nual fundrais­ing pro­gramme she runs.

Team HOPE sup­ported Strat­ford woman Irene SasPrest­ney and her fam­ily while she bat­tled can­cer, and she told her friend Kristyn Mil­son about the help they gave her.

Af­ter hear­ing how the char­i­ta­ble trust sup­ported her friend, Kristyn is now sup­port­ing Team HOPE her­self.

Kristyn owns Cut­ting Etch De­signs in Tau­ranga, a craft shop which sells laser-cut cus­tom-made prod­ucts all over the coun­try. Every year Kristyn se­lects a char­ity to re­ceive a por­tion of all sales from the pop­u­lar Christ­mas bauble range the busi­ness makes and sells.

Donna Mil­lar, chair­per­son of Team HOPE, says Kristyn’s sup­port is “hum­bling”.

“As a char­i­ta­ble trust, we are al­ways very hum­bled with any sup­port we re­ceive, so it was a great hon­our to ac­cept Kristyn’s sup­port.”

Donna says Irene is one of many lo­cal peo­ple the group has been able to sup­port since they first be­gan as a char­i­ta­ble trust in 2014.

She says Team HOPE is sell­ing Kristyn’s Christ­mas baubles through their Face­book page and will be at the Pros­pero Farm­ers Mar­ket on Septem­ber 29 to sell them as well.

“We also have a stall at the Un­der The Moun­tain Arts and Crafts Fair at St Mary’s, thanks to the St Mary’s PTA choos­ing us as their nom­i­nated char­ity this year as well.”

Donna says the baubles have al­ready been pop­u­lar, with peo­ple able to buy stan­dard ones or or­der per­son­alised ones with names and dates on it they pre­fer.

Team HOPE is a char­i­ta­ble trust which aims to pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple liv­ing within the Strat­ford free calling area, who are suf­fer­ing from some form of ad­ver­sity.

H.O.P.E stands for Help­ing Our Peo­ple En­dure.

If you know of any­one who is go­ing through some sort of ad­ver­sity and would like to nom­i­nate them, you can down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form from our web­site teamhopetrust.wix.com/teamhope or email: teamhopetrust@gmail.com

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries must be nom­i­nated, and meet cri­te­ria set by the Trustees.

Irene Sas-Prest­ney and her fam­ily.

The baubles can be per­son­alised.

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