Cans for Good helps fam­i­lies

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

James Hargest Col­lege ju­nior cam­pus stu­dents have bro­ken their record, col­lect­ing more than 1800 cans of food for the Wat­ties Cans for Good ini­tia­tive.

Stu­dents col­lec­tively raised 1835 cans which were do­nated to the Sal­va­tion Army to help strug­gling fam­i­lies with food sup­port.

On Fri­day, stu­dents used the cans to cre­ate de­signs rep­re­sent­ing what kind­ness meant to them, be­fore the Sal­va­tion Army picked them up.

De­signs in­cluded words that read Aroha and Kind­ness, peace signs and maps of New Zealand.

Teacher Emma Coatsworth said she was proud of the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions from stu­dents, par­ents and the wider com­mu­nity who got be­hind the cause.

Class­rooms com­peted to col­lect the most, and Room 12 won with 198 cans.

Room 12 stu­dent Ni­cole Lina said it was a good cause to sup­port be­cause it was do­nat­ing cans, in­stead of money, so they knew ex­actly how they were help­ing out rather than not know­ing what their do­na­tions were spent on.

Some stu­dents brought more than 20 cans each, so she was proud of their ef­forts, she said.

Her class cre­ated a hand peace sign for their de­sign.

The school was among more than 225 schools through­out the coun­try that took part.

In­ver­cargill Sal­va­tion Army corp of­fi­cer An­nette Bray said seven South­land schools and kinder­gartens do­nated for In­ver­cargill and two do­nated for Win­ton.

Com­bined, they col­lected more than 2500 cans, which was up on last year’s count, with James Hargest Col­lege col­lect­ing the most.

‘‘This is only the sec­ond year so we hope it only gets bet­ter.’’

Dur­ing the next three months more than 100 fam­i­lies will be helped, she said.

‘‘We’re re­ally, re­ally grate­ful to all the schools that sup­port us.’’

Near­ing the end of the year some In­ver­cargill schools also planned to hold mufti day fundrais­ers and help with food drives, Bray said.

The Sal­va­tion Army’s head of so­cial ser­vices Pam Waugh said house­hold bud­gets were stretched by ris­ing liv­ing costs, espe­cially for food and rent.

Last year The Sal­va­tion Army pro­vided more than 58,000 food parcels to help Kiwis.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

James Hargest Col­lege ju­nior cam­pus stu­dents Ash­ley Phillips, 13, Danielle Chinem­biri, 13, Jane Fer­nando, 12, and Ni­cole Lina, 12.

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