Last month, Graham Edwards of the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre was handed a bag of cash, totalling just over $240 – money raised by students of Auckland International College (AIC), from a mufti-day at the school.
AIC student Brian Lin approached his school with the idea to raise money for a community project, and after consultation with Graham Edwards it was decided that the recipient would be Food Pantry – a combined churches of Blockhouse Bay venture, based at Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church.
Food Pantry is a similar concept to a food bank, except that those in need can choose what they want from 17 basic commodities, rather than just being given a bag, thus allowing them some dignity. The donation has been earmarked for the fruit and veggie initiative, which aims to raise $50 a week to supply people in need with fresh produce, along with the basic supplies being offered.
Mr Edwards commented, “Although I had talked with Brian a couple of months ago, I was amazed when given the donation, as you can imagine, although I am rapidly becoming used to the great things AIC students do for our community.”
“The AIC donation goes a long way to kick-starting the fruit and veggie initiative, which we hope will attract regular sponsorship from local businesses and the community. Just $10/month from 20 people provides $50 worth of fresh produce each week.“
To donate, or for more information, contact Graham or Maree at the BHB Community centre – 09 626 4980.
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