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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 --- 3 Please contact Emma on 536 7103 or email@example.com We'd love to chat to you today! Need Nurturing Childcare or Rewarding Work? Home Based Childcare 23972-v4 www.stemsfromhome.co.nz stops here 588 Chapel Rd, East Ta maki, Auckland | 09 272 3888 | botanytowncentre.co.nz 124391 111380-V4 By Chris Harrowell POLICE offcer Merv Hotter is going above and beyond the call of duty to help families in need. Highland Park’s community police constable is launching a project to boost the stocks at the food bank run by All Saints Angli- can Church in Howick. He’s calling on the community to support the project and says it’s about giving back to the Selwyn Road church’s co-vicar, Reverend Bruce Keeley. “This is all about helping Rev Keeley,” Mr Hotter told the Times. “He’s been a strong supporter of the police over the years and I want to thank him for all his hard work. “This will also help people over the Christmas holiday period.” People keen to get behind Mr Hotter’s project can drop off a can of food or rice, pasta or four, to the Howick Police station in Fencible Drive between 8am-4pm Monday to Friday. He will then take donated goods to All Saints’ food bank in How- ick’s Selwyn Road. “I want this to be the biggest food drive in Howick ever,” says Mr Hotter. “It’s about looking after people who can’t afford it. “It will only cost people a couple of dollars each to help us out. “This is a great way for them to contribute to the community.” All Saints Anglican Church’s food bank is open weekdays from 10-11am and co-ordinated by Natalie Usher. She says it supplies between 10-14 food parcels to people in need each month. That number rose in September to 25, and it gave out 20 food par- cels in October. “I don’t expect that need to drop off,” says Mrs Usher. Food parcels contain about $90 worth of items. They’re made up of canned goods, fruit and vegetables, tuna, rice and pasta, sugar and four, as well as cold products such as eggs, cheese and meat. People are referred to the food bank through a large number of sources, including Counties Manu- kau East Police’s neighbourhood policing teams, Work and Income (WINZ), the Citizens Advice Bureau, Women’s Refuge and the broader community. “I think what Merv is doing for us is absolutely wonderful,” says Mrs Usher. “There is a natural cycle of resources. What we are doing is redistributing it from where there is plenty to where there is need.” Keen to support Mr Hotter’s project also is All Saints Anglican Church assistant priest Jordan Greatbatch. He says the food bank represents an essential part of the church’s work. “We feel it’s important for us to be a church connected with its community,” says Mr Greatbatch. “We try to live out our ethos that faith isn’t just spoken or preached about, it’s something demonstrated by our actions. “At the church’s core is a desire to show love in practical ways.” Mr Greatbatch says people who need the food bank’s services can also be referred to a budgeting service for fnancial advice. “We engage in other pastoral work. Life is tough for many peo- ple. We give them the chance to have a cry if they wish and vent to us about what’s going on in their lives,” he says. People can drop non-perishable food items to Mr Hotter at Howick Police station, 35 Fencible Drive, Howick, between 8am-4pm, Mon- day to Friday, until December 20. After that, people can take their food donations directly to the All Saints Anglican Church food bank at 17 Selwyn Road, Howick. As well as food items, people can also donate laundry powder, hand soap and toilet paper. Highland Park community police constable Merv Hotter, right, wants people to support his e orts to boost the stocks at All Saints Anglican Church's food bank in Howick, supported by the church's assistant priest Jordan Greatbatch, left, and food bank co-ordinator Natalie Usher. Times photo Wayne Martin Filling hungry stomachs HAIYAN DONATIONS Appeal gets cash flowing HOWICK, Pakuranga and Botany people dug deep to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Nearly $10,000 was donated during last Friday's Christmas Light Up and Midnight Madness events in Howick, and other collections. One of the appeal organisers, Becca Hautea-de la Vega, says: "People have been digging deep from their own savings, not just from extra cash. "It's so wonderful and so di erent that they should dig into their savings." She particularly wants to thank Our Lady Star of the Sea parish priest Father Tony Dunn, Jonel Sta Maria for the sound system, choirs Bread of Life, Theotokos and Himig NZ, the Ukelele Children's Filipino Group, the Times, the Catholic Youth Group, Howick Rotary, Howick Lions, Nick Neben from Smith and Sons, and The Prospect of Howick. Last Saturday morning, a group of Filipinos, Henk Van Der Vliet and Howick ward councillor Sharon Stewart collected more than $1000 in notes and cheques at Highland Park Shopping Centre. "The next day Mr Van Der Vliet alone collected another $300 at Pakuranga Plaza," says Mrs Stewart. "He collected all day Monday and got about $150." Keep an eye out for the collectors in the next couple of weeks. "They'll be wearing Red Cross T-shirts and carrying Times sponsored collection buckets,' says Mrs de la Vega. Collectors will be at Botany Town Centre on November 21 and 28, supporting children who will be busking for donations to the Haiyan appeal. There will be busking and a car boot fair at Highland Park Town Centre after the Howick Santa Parade on November 30. Coming together AS ONE, a Christmas appeal for the Philippines will feature Filipino choirs and more at Botany Town Centre between 6-8pm on December 5.
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