Bumper food drive planned

CHB Mail - - 150th Jubilee -

The PGG Wright­son Real Es­tate Food Bank Appeal has gained mo­men­tum over the last five years and is look­ing for­ward to an­other bumper col­lec­tion in 2018, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser Max Lyver and his team of helpers.

“We have col­lec­tors who pledge their sup­port ev­ery year so now we’re be able to cover O¯ tane, Waipawa, Waipuku­rau, Taka­pau and now Po­ran­ga­hau.”

Com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses have been quick to recog­nise this as a very worth­while project, which has gained sup­port from Epic Min­istries, Ruahine Cadets, St John Am­bu­lance Cadets, Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club, Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tute, CHB District Coun­cil, Crowe Hor­wath, Taka­pau RSA and com­mu­nity, Po­ran­ga­hau Ma¯ ori Women’s Wel­fare League and the PGG Wright­son Re­tail store — all sup­ported by the vol­un­teer fire brigades, am­bu­lances and lo­cal po­lice ve­hi­cles.

This year Max and his team are ask­ing CHB’s schools to also take part.

Col­lec­tors will be drop­ping off re­minder no­tices one week be­fore the col­lec­tion, then walk­ing the streets in O¯ tane, Waipawa, Waipuku­rau, Taka­pau and Po­ran­ga­hau on Thurs­day Novem­ber 15 be­tween 6pm and 7pm sup­ported by pri­vate ve­hi­cles and 111 ser­vices ap­pli­ances.

If you hear sirens blar­ing or see flash­ing lights that evening it’s a re­minder to hang a gro­cery bag with your do­na­tion on your gate or let­ter­box. Some­body will be there to col­lect it. If you’re not go­ing to be around on the day but would still like to do­nate, call into the PGG Wright­son store at 12 Taka­pau Road, Waipuku­rau. There will also be drop boxes in the CHBDC foyer and li­braries.

In pre­vi­ous years, PGG Wright­son sup­plied 3000 branded plas­tic bags for the col­lec­tion. But ac­knowl­edg­ing the world­wide move away from the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, the team is ask­ing peo­ple to re-pur­pose any old shop­ping bags they might have and put their do­na­tions in them.

The bags will be dis­posed of re­spon­si­bly af­ter the col­lec­tion.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to have a look in their cup­boards for any­thing they can spare to help those in need at this time of the year. Such things as tins of fruit, ve­g­ies or beans, jars of jam, sauces and pick­les, pack­ets of bis­cuits, pasta, noo­dles, soup and even house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts. Any non-per­ish­able food items will all go to needy fam­i­lies,” says Max.

Tegel Foods have again pledged to do­nate frozen chicken prod­ucts which will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to any­body’s Christ­mas din­ner.

■ If you can help col­lect with a car or ute, con­tact Max on 858 6780 or Michelle Burne on 858 6771.

Join the team and col­lect — or do­nate — for the food bank.

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