Community backs 14th charity event

Published date11 August 2022
Publication titleSouthland Express
Organiser Melissa Aitken said she was thrilled with the support the community had given the event and the number of people who had attended

As the queueing crowds swelled through the doors, they were greeted by the soothing sounds of a volunteer ukulele group led by Frances Maheno.

Tables were laden with clothes, toys, household items and bric-a-brac. In the corner, volunteers were making free coffees for the busy crowd while Southlanders queued for the chance of a free haircut, manicure or massage.

Rotary Southland chair Sharon Hamilton said she had the pleasure of helping distribute 800 loaves of bread, 56kg of mince and 40kg of sausages on behalf of Kiwiharvest, after a Southland business person donated the food.

Kiwiharvest Southland branch manager Jessie Beer said it was the first time the organisation had been involved with the event as Kiwiharvest normally connected with other service agencies.

‘‘The meat went fast. It was gone in the first 90 minutes.’’

Not all the bread was given away, but was later donated to agencies and foodbanks in the city.

‘‘We were lucky to get freshly donated bread. Normally we only get the surplus.

‘‘It was cool to see some local hairdressers, nail technicians and a massage lady... to see them get together and do that for free. People are doing it really rough at the moment.

‘‘Melissa’s done a great job organising the event which gives back to the community.’’

It’s a really empowering service they have set up. People were...

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