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Wednesday July 11, 2018

Making Wellington fairer


inbrief news Foodbank requests old bus cards Newlands/Mana bus cards are obsolete from July 15. To get a refund you download a form to post to Mana Coach Services or take it to the Newlands bus depot. Newlands Foodbank says you can save yourself the hassle by donating your old card to them, along with a consent form, so their bank account can be credited. The foodbank would also be grateful to get the $10 deposit if you haven’t already used your old card to get a free Snapper card. Consent forms can be obtained and cards dropped into their collection points at most local supermarkets and foodmarkets, and the Newlands Community Centre. The option is only open until August 5.

The Rainbow Cable Car Beyond the Page, a literary festival for children and their families, runs from July 7-22. In one of its more colourful events, on Monday morning July 16 drag artist Queen Olivia St Redfern will read to children on free return trips on the Wellington Cable Car. Everyone travelling must pre-register. While this is suitable for families with preschool and primary school children, there will be no room for buggies and pushchairs. Sessions are available at 10.50am, 11.10am, 11.30am, and 11.50am. Book at the-rainbow-cable-car/wellington

ACC’s Stephen Fletcher and KCA co-founder Tracy Wellington proudly display their award certificates for their food rescue work. PHOTO: Supplied.

The North Grenada-based food and goods rescue charity Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) has been recognised for making the Wellington region a fairer place. Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, recently presented them with a Corporate Challenge Award from Volunteer Wellington. The award is in recognition of the work being done in

collecting and supplying food and goods to 65 front-line charities in the region. These include Newlands Foodbank, The Salvation Army Johnsonville and The House of Grace. KCA was nominated by ACC, who also received an award for their contribution, providing staff to do one day a year. This year 21 ACC staff helped with storing and distributing goods. KCA co-founder Tracy Wellington says they’re delighted

with the recognition which should really go to all its volunteers. “KCA has up to 80 volunteers helping at any time.” They are rescuing food, mainly she says from the generous local supermarkets. Volunteer drivers and volunteers make up orders to go to front-line charities from the KCA warehouse in Grenada North. Other corporate volunteers, like ACC, also help.

Tracy says all their volunteers want to help those less well off than themselves. “We know all our volunteers have big hearts.” He says there are always chances for anyone wanting to help, ranging from those who can provide a couple of hours a month as well as regulars who do a few hours each week. They’re particularly interested in anyone able to help out during weekday mornings.

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Health professionals unite Yesterday, Tuesday July 10, members of 18 leading health professional organisations met with James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, to support the introduction of a strong Zero Carbon Act. Tens of thousands of nurses, doctors and other health professionals are united in calling for decisive action on climate change to protect and improve health and fairness for New Zealanders. Spokesperson Dr Rhys Jones says that the World Health Organization records climate change as the defining health issue of the 21st century.   The Zero Carbon Bill consultation ends at 5pm Thursday July 19.

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