No need to go hungry at Christmas

Two free Christmas lunches in Gisborne run by volunteers mean no one needs to be alone, or hungry, on Friday.

Two free Christmas lunches in Gisborne run by volunteers mean no one needs to be alone, or hungry, on Friday.

VOLUNTEERS AND KAI NEEDED: Kai Pa Kaiti will host a free Christmas dinner for anyone who can not afford one this year, and they would love volunteers from the community to help them. At 2pm on Christmas Day at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub in Kaiti Mall there will be a festive meal ready for anyone, just come as you are, says organiser Kaylee Ngarimu. Dressed appropriately in an angel costume, Mrs Ngarimu was busy feeding the community again yesterday at the Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day pictured with Bonnie Burkhardt left and Kinia Mau right. To help out on Christmas Day or donate some kai contact Mrs Ngarimu on 027 460 4105. Picture by Paul Rickard
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Payton Burkhardt, Sapphire Boyd
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Payton Burkhardt, Sapphire Boyd
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Waimiria Coffey, Te Puea Maynard
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Sophia Lee, Shyaliana Burkhardt, Junea Wilson-Johnstone, Gene Burkhardt, Princess Wilson-Johnstone
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Kaylee Ngarimu
Ka Pai Kaiti Whanau Day - Kinia Mau, Mele Paongo and Lassie, Mesalina Suluka, Tuitahi Suluka

JUST turn up and bring the whole family is the invitation from Ka Pai Kaiti for its free Christmas dinner. Organiser Kaylee Ngarimu says they want to make sure no one goes hungry, or is alone, on Christmas Day.

It is one of two free Christmas dinners being organised in Gisborne. Mrs Ngarimu said volunteers were still needed to help serve their meal, which is being held at 2pm at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub next to the police station in Kaiti Mall.

Donations of kai would also be welcomed, she said.

It is the second year Ka Pai Kaiti has offered a free Christmas lunch.

“Basically we don’t want anyone to be alone and we can organise to pick them up, especially if they are elderly. Last year we had just over 100 people but we expect it to be a bit bigger this year. We will set up a couple of tables specifically for our kaumatua and they will be waited on. We will get our volunteers to do all of that.”

Gisborne Presbyterian Parish is also to host its annual lunch at the St Andrew’s Hall on Cobden Street.

The parish was expecting about 80 or 90 people and had a wonderful team of volunteers, said one of the organisers, Jan Ewart.

Unlike Ka Pai Kaiti, the parish invited agencies earlier in the year to nominate people who would attend so it had an idea of numbers.

JUST turn up and bring the whole family is the invitation from Ka Pai Kaiti for its free Christmas dinner. Organiser Kaylee Ngarimu says they want to make sure no one goes hungry, or is alone, on Christmas Day.

It is one of two free Christmas dinners being organised in Gisborne. Mrs Ngarimu said volunteers were still needed to help serve their meal, which is being held at 2pm at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub next to the police station in Kaiti Mall.

Donations of kai would also be welcomed, she said.

It is the second year Ka Pai Kaiti has offered a free Christmas lunch.

“Basically we don’t want anyone to be alone and we can organise to pick them up, especially if they are elderly. Last year we had just over 100 people but we expect it to be a bit bigger this year. We will set up a couple of tables specifically for our kaumatua and they will be waited on. We will get our volunteers to do all of that.”

Gisborne Presbyterian Parish is also to host its annual lunch at the St Andrew’s Hall on Cobden Street.

The parish was expecting about 80 or 90 people and had a wonderful team of volunteers, said one of the organisers, Jan Ewart.

Unlike Ka Pai Kaiti, the parish invited agencies earlier in the year to nominate people who would attend so it had an idea of numbers.

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