Cans for good

Can-do students give foodbank a boost.

Can-do students give foodbank a boost.

Awapuni School had a “can-do” attitude when it came to a nationwide fundraising event for the Salvation Army’s foodbanks. The school took part in the Wattie’s Cans For Good — a “collection, creation, education and donation” campaign. Awapuni’s 12 school leaders went from classroom to classroom to gather support, resulting in 305 cans being collected. Pictured in front of the cans are, back row (from left): Deputy principal Stu Barclay, Te Ohomauri Hinaki-Ngerengere, Harata Cox, Larz Pellow, Arnar Prasad, Manawanui Stewart, Storm de Their and Gisborne Salvation Army captain Kevin Waugh. Front: Reymiale Wharehinga, Samara Beattie, Leilani Kata, Amity Richardson and Jemima Evans. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Awapuni School came in a can up on last year in the 2019 edition of Wattie’s Cans for Good.

A total of 305 cans were collected to help stock the Salvation Army foodbank.

The nationwide campaign, which finishes on Friday, gives early childhood centres and schools around New Zealand the opportunity to help make a difference to foodbanks.

Last year Awapuni School collected 304 cans.

Deputy principal Stuart Barclay said Awapuni took part in this campaign every year to keep their students community-minded.

“It has now become a school tradition — staff and students get behind it every year and our school leaders organise it by going class to class.”

Mr Barclay said Awapuni’s 12 school leaders would take the cans to the Salvation Army tomorrow so they could see first-hand the good work being done at the foodbank.

More than 80 schools nationwide signed up for this year’s campaign. Awapuni was the only school in Gisborne to take part.

Gisborne Salvation Army captain Kevin Waugh said they really appreciated the school’s efforts in helping get food for people in need in the community.

Last year the Salvation Army provided nearly 60,000 food parcels nationwide.

Salvation Army director of community ministries Jono Bell said tight household budgets were stretched to breaking as families faced higher living costs associated with heating and health.

“For these families on tight budgets, this can mean the choice between putting food on the table and paying electricity or doctor’s bill.

“Food parcels help those who are struggling to cover these unexpected bills by providing food support for a short period, helping families stay healthy, warm and nourished.”

Awapuni School came in a can up on last year in the 2019 edition of Wattie’s Cans for Good.

A total of 305 cans were collected to help stock the Salvation Army foodbank.

The nationwide campaign, which finishes on Friday, gives early childhood centres and schools around New Zealand the opportunity to help make a difference to foodbanks.

Last year Awapuni School collected 304 cans.

Deputy principal Stuart Barclay said Awapuni took part in this campaign every year to keep their students community-minded.

“It has now become a school tradition — staff and students get behind it every year and our school leaders organise it by going class to class.”

Mr Barclay said Awapuni’s 12 school leaders would take the cans to the Salvation Army tomorrow so they could see first-hand the good work being done at the foodbank.

More than 80 schools nationwide signed up for this year’s campaign. Awapuni was the only school in Gisborne to take part.

Gisborne Salvation Army captain Kevin Waugh said they really appreciated the school’s efforts in helping get food for people in need in the community.

Last year the Salvation Army provided nearly 60,000 food parcels nationwide.

Salvation Army director of community ministries Jono Bell said tight household budgets were stretched to breaking as families faced higher living costs associated with heating and health.

“For these families on tight budgets, this can mean the choice between putting food on the table and paying electricity or doctor’s bill.

“Food parcels help those who are struggling to cover these unexpected bills by providing food support for a short period, helping families stay healthy, warm and nourished.”

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