Record food tally fills the bus to the brim

Rotorua Daily Post - - Front Page - Zizi Sparks

More than $10,000 worth of food items have been do­nated through the 12-hour Fill the Bus food drive, beat­ing last year’s ef­forts.

The Hits Ro­torua Fill the Bus drive took to the streets on Wed­nes­day, mak­ing more than 20 stops to pick up goods dur­ing the day.

Last year the bus col­lected 5357 food items and 1126 toys. This year, the ef­forts have been topped — with 5426 items do­nated. Each of the items is val­ued at $2, giv­ing the drive’s to­tal a mon­e­tary value of $10,852.

The Hits Ro­torua pre­sen­ter Paul Hickey said the day was “tir­ing but in­spir­ing”. “Just every­body be­ing so gen­er­ous, it’s such a pos­i­tive vibe.”

Hickey said there was a huge crew at the Sal­va­tion Army help­ing to count the dona­tions and it was hard to tell how much had been do­nated through­out the day.

“We’re al­ready talk­ing about next year. It will be the fifth year so we’re think­ing of ways to make it bet­ter.”

While the Fill the Bus day was the big do­na­tion day for the ap­peal, Hickey said their sup­port for the re­main­der of the ap­peal would con­tinue.

“We en­cour­age those who couldn’t come see us on the day to come and do­nate.”

Sal­va­tion Army corps of­fi­cer Ralph Over­bye was “ex­tremely pleased” when he found out the to­tal.

“There are a lot of peo­ple we’d like to thank in­clud­ing The Hits, the Ro­torua Daily Post, the pub­lic and all the peo­ple that do­nated. We had an amaz­ing team of vol­un­teers who helped us dur­ing the day and that night. They did an amaz­ing job.”

All items col­lected will go towards the Ro­torua Daily Post Sal­va­tion Army Food­bank Christ­mas Ap­peal, which aims to re­stock the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s food­bank in time for Christ­mas and 2019.

Photo / Ben Fraser

Lyn­more Pri­mary School con­trib­uted to the Fill the Bus fi­nal tally.

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