Food rolls in for the Can Do Xmas

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The Can-Do Col­lec­tion for CHB Food Bank for 2018 was slightly bet­ter this year; de­spite a sub­tle change of the ‘pre-feed’ prior to col­lec­tion day, ac­cord­ing to event co­or­di­na­tor Max Lyver, ru­ral agent for PGG Wright­son Real Es­tate.

There were al­most seven full bins of food de­liv­ered, with items con­tin­u­ing to be dropped off at pub­lic li­braries, CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices and the lo­cal PGG Wright­son store.

“There was still a huge amount of food do­nated for needy fam­i­lies,” he said. “But I think we could have done bet­ter.”

Last year’s col­lec­tion yielded the best re­sult ever, with six huge bins of food items be­ing de­liv­ered to the Food Bank the day af­ter the col­lec­tion.

Also in frozen stor­age await­ing distri­bu­tion is a huge range of chicken prod­ucts do­nated by Tegel Foods.

Lo­cal ser­vice group col­lec­tors in­cluded Epic Min­istries Youth, Ruahine Cadets, Waipuku­rau Ro­tary, Crowe Hor­wath, St John Cadets, Pro­gres­sive O¯ tane, the Po­ran­ga­hau vil­lage and Ma¯ ori Women’s Wel­fare League, Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tute and one pri­vate in­di­vid­ual — Ethna Renna who has sup­ported the col­lec­tion from the start.

The col­lec­tion was sup­ported by the lo­cal Fire and Am­bu­lance, which en­sured that the 2018 col­lec­tion was an­other out­stand­ing suc­cess.

The team from PGG Wright­son was kept busy driv­ing col­lec­tors around the streets and keep­ing them fed and re­freshed af­ter­wards, while the team from the Food Bank and other vol­un­teers sorted through the huge vol­ume of food.

“Lo­cal real es­tate sales man­ager Tom O’Sul­li­van put in a ster­ling ef­fort driv­ing col­lec­tors around, af­ter be­ing taken off the bar­be­cue tongs by Doug Har­vey and Evan Hugget, who did a great job feed­ing all the col­lec­tors at the af­ter-match func­tion.

“Also helping with the or­gan­i­sa­tion were Michelle Burne and Stu­art Ewen who do a lot of work be­hind the scenes,” says Max.

“Peo­ple do­nated gen­er­ously again this year, leav­ing bags for col­lec­tion by their let­ter­boxes filled with a huge va­ri­ety of tinned goods as well as ce­re­als, pasta, bis­cuits, sweets and even spe­cial treats for Christ­mas. Cash dona­tions were also re­ceived as col­lec­tors walked the streets of the var­i­ous CHB towns.”

With fire sirens scream­ing and emer­gency lights flash­ing, the 111 ser­vice ve­hi­cles jogged peo­ple’s mem­o­ries with many peo­ple hang­ing dona­tions on their letter boxes, or run­ning out with bags full of good­ies.

“While we tried to ac­knowl­edge the world-wide move away from sin­gle use plas­tic bags, we do think this im­pacted on the po­ten­tial vol­ume of food col­lected. We saw small stacks of tins on the foot­paths, and some small boxes and even pa­per bags, but the ab­sence of the tra­di­tional PGG Wright­son shop­ping bag with the ‘pre-feed’ flier may have re­stricted the amount of food col­lected,” he said.

“In any event, we were de­lighted with the re­sult and it still brings great joy to see the young peo­ple of CHB happy to get out on the streets and help with this worth­while project.

“It’s great for the PGG Wright­son team to be in­volved in this valu­able com­mu­nity event bring ben­e­fit to the peo­ple of CHB.”

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