Thursday November 2, 2017
Charity on a mission to get donors famous By Jamie Adams
Christmas is about giving and the Wellington City Mission has a unique way of getting the public into the festive spirit. Monday saw the launch of its annual Christmas Star Appeal with the publicising of its two main drawcards – the Walk of Fame and Star Car Christmas Raffle. The Walk of Fame, which began in 2015, involves donors buying a star with their names on them and having them adhered to the waterfront walkway outside Te Papa. Prices vary: Individuals and families pay $100, while businesses pay $250 or $500 with their logo included. There are also limited metallic gold stars priced at $5000 for those who want to stand out from the rest. Wellington City deputy mayor Jill Day was on hand to help lay the advertising star and Mission CEO Michelle Branney hopes many more will be purchased before they begin being displayed on December 1. “It’s a great time for families to see the work that we do,” Michelle says. “Being a star is about bringing hope, joy, courage and confidence to those who are struggling.” Fundraising manager Robbie Ross says an appeal like this helps those most in need.
Wellington deputy mayor Jill Day (second from left) at the Walk of Fame site with Wellington City Missioner Reverend Tric Malcolm, mascot Starry and Mission CEO Michelle Branney. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“Some people buy stars every year. We try to make it as affordable as possible,” he says. “Already we have 60 stars sold, including four gold stars.” The Mission’s Star Car – a brand new Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback – was also on display covered in its distinctive wrapping paper of stars that people could sign their names on.
The car is part of a Christmas raffle involving $25,000 worth of prizes. Tickets will be available for purchase whenever the car parks in malls and supermarkets across the region in November. The Mission’s mascot Starry will also be on hand for photos with the public. The appeal will run until December 26.
Passion the secret ingredient for Enliven cook For Luke Drabble, cooking for the elders at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is about more than just food. “It’s about bringing a smile to the elders’ faces by making them a lovely dinner or using meal time to have a conversation with someone about their day,” he says. Luke, who has worked at Enliven homes since he was 14 years old, says he prefers rest homes to restaurants. “You just can’t make the same difference to someone’s life cooking a la carte in a restaurant. The residents here really look forward to meal times and I love being part of such an important aspect of their day.” The passionate cook particularly enjoys baking and often whips up creations based on family recipes for residents. “A particular favourite is my yoghurt cake,” says Luke. “I always receive positive feedback from residents for that one, which is based on an Alison Holst recipe my family has used for years.” Clinical nurse manager Anna Roberts says it’s the dedication and commitment of staff members, like Luke, which set the Enliven home apart. “The staff here all go the extra mile to make the residents here feel happy and at home. It’s wonderful to see,” says Anna. “The residents always look
forward to seeing what Luke will cook next, especially if it happens to be yoghurt cake!” Kilmarnock Heights Home in Morton St, Berhampore offers rest home and respite care. To find out more about any of Enliven’s homes or its eldercentred philosophy, visit www. enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call the home directly on 04 380 2034. PBA
For Luke Drabble, cooking for the elders at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is about bringing a smile to their faces.
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