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Mark Mills (the general manager from Pacific Toyota) officially handed over the Brand new Hilux 3.0 Diesel Ute for Good Neighbour to use for a year. Its been such a great asset for us already - who knows what we can do with it next year?! Thank You Pacific Toyota team!!
Thanks to the 4Good Trust we have received $1500 to go towards our Good Neighbour initiatives this year. What an awesome charity they are. For only $4 a month you can join up and bless 12 great local charities here in this city this year.
Check out how to get on board with them. www.4good.org.nz
Our new Community Garden needed some finishing off after a great quick build in September 6th. Donated shed was in need of a paint and blue was the color!!
Another team headed to help a young sinle Mum with her backyard cleanup. We were joined by a couple of awesome young helpers pulling weeds and giving the place a well needed helping hand…
Our firewood is an essential for families who really need the warmth over the winter and are unable to afford it.
Fatty the (very large) sheep was falling behind and needed a little helping hand. We worked with St. Vincent de Paul and Summer Hill Youth Academy to get on top of those jobs that had gotten away from Kathy due to illness. It was inspiring to have three generations of volunteers help Kathy get back on her feet.
Kimberly had just arrived back in New Zealand from Australia. It was great to be able to help Kimberly and family and provide some practical support as they settle in. We mowed the lawns and cleaned up the section and weed sprayed the edges. More practical assistance included family help, food parcel and babysitting.
Due to vandalism, Pippys wall was slowly eroding away. She had recently been burgled and was worried about her fence falling over, affecting her security. Thanks to Al Gourly who donated the materials.
Teaming up with Nick Greg from Sustainability Options, we helped Percy install his ceiling insulation. He was unable to pay for this installation and we were able to help. Percy has been a real asset at the Otumoetai community garden and it was good to be able to reciprocate his generosity.
Due to chronic illness, the family were unable to celebrate their sons fifth birthday. We provided some support to make that happen. We organised the party, ran some exciting pirate games including treasure hunt, capture the crocodile relay and put some balloons to death. Twelve young pirates left carrying bags of gold and the family have some great memories treasure.
Faye was struggling with her sight and needed a helping hand to put in a small garden. She calls it “Fayes secret garden.” This garden is continuing to give her lots of enjoyment and veges to give away.
We dropped eight large trees, borrowed a log splitter and chopped, stacked this in a shed, ready to give away. This was the first outing for the firewood team. We have now purchased our own log splitter and have put together a team.
Epilepsy caused a job loss which put their dream of a backyard wedding on hold. Work started in June with 5 truckloads of rubbish being removed and the lawn being levelled. On 28 November, 17 volunteers blitzed their backyard. Between them they painted the house, painted fences, laid concrete, laid new lawn. They created new gardens complete with concrete edging, weedmatting and pebbles. On 31 December with all the work complete, the wedding took place. It was great to share the occasion with friends and family and be part of their dream coming true.
Fifteen man-hours later, lawns done, edges trimmed, tree chopped out and rubbish dumped. New gate and fence repaired. Clothesline put on back fence. House washed and fence waterblasted. Amy and Rob give a lot to others, especially wheelchair rugby in Tauranga. It was great to be able to give a little back to you.
We made history with the first Good Neighbour project with volunteers. Karen had a large tree blocking sunlight and creating lots of work, for a lady on her own. With a gap in the weather and a hard working crew of volunteers, the tree came down. Thanks to Gavin Butt and crew from “Topped, Lopped and Dropped” for donating the truck and chipper to clean up the mountain of branches.
First day on the job for Campbell and Todd. We developed a system to clean some difficult windows at Brookfield PrimarySchool. The caretaker and principal were happy as we worked with them and came up with a solution that left the windows sparkling.