Beneficiaries giving back
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 7:00p.m.
A couple of Manawatu women have been cooking up lunches for children at a Palmerston North school.
It's become full time voluntary work for the ladies; gathering food, sorting donations and cooking up lunches for kids who come to school with nothing.
But these women aren't charity ladies who don't need to work. They are both beneficiaries wanting to give back in some way.
Whena Owen went to Palmerston North to meet Lita and Faith.
Watch the video to see their story.
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3/10/2012 9:32:33 p.m.
Kahla (litas daughter) wrote:
Thanks for all the positive feedback on behalf of my mum. Lita is currently in the process of looking into starting up an independant catering business where she hopes to continue her good work. Just a matter of looking into the small print oof what it takes to begin and qualify for a small business loan :)They now have a name for their voluntary venture "Feed a future" and are looking into funding through the local community programme. Seperate to her own business venture of course.
3/10/2012 7:19:49 p.m.
Sue Sangster wrote:
If I change my name do I cease to exist? Pedantics John, some of those disappearing schools in Christchurch are being reinvented they are NOT disappearing!
2/10/2012 7:30:19 p.m.
John Cambell needs to learn to shut up and listen rather than butting in all the time, he asks a question but won't let his guests answer. I am switching over, this isn't journalism he has an agenda and not interested in finding out facts.
28/09/2012 5:30:40 p.m.
re Anonymous' quote, I couldn't care less if they filmed on a Monday or any other day of the week. Whether it's one day of hunger or 5 days, our young ones are copping the short straw.
28/09/2012 11:56:24 a.m.
It is sad to see so many negative responses from people blaming parents, how does that help the children of those parents? It is good to see some good hearted people exist in this country, I hope there more of these people than the judgemental ones who spend all day judging but do nothing to help families. It is high time these people got of their moral high horses and accepted the fact that our country has a real problem, children are suffering (through no fault of their own). These children need kindness and nuturing and a REAL chance at life so that we do not end up with another generation of poor families! The low cost of supplying families and childen with support now, will save us billions in the future, why are people too stupid to see that?
26/09/2012 8:29:40 p.m.
Im sorry but my mother raised four children on her own no support and we were always well feed from her home grown vege garden and well clothed as she made all of our clothes,I have also been teaching in a school for five years while furthing my studies and I blame the parents, when they can afford to have and support one child they go on to have more to usually different fathers ,and who are paying for these children but the taxpayer ,the parents who are out working ,who only have two children because they know that is all they can afford, suppling food is only one part to raising a child tina
26/09/2012 6:43:39 p.m.
Good on you ladies. As a tax payer I don't mind my money going towards your benefit when you're helping kids eat. Long may you be on a benefit doing good for your community
26/09/2012 4:27:55 p.m.
Brilliant article, inspiring ladies, I think that superannuates often volunteer and this a great thing for them to also add to our community, especially if they are not required to go out and work, plus they probably know how to grow a good garden.
26/09/2012 1:21:47 p.m.
Hang on, one woman stated she should be out looking for a job. If she is unemployed then her benefit should be reviewed because she is reneging on her contract. Buttttttt in saying that, I think she is doing a brilliant job. Maybe she could qualify for a small business loan, become a small business and continue doing what she is doing with a bit more help. Maybe other unemployed/ sickness could do a day or two to help with out being penalised. Being involved would also look good on a CV. There could be spin offs for the people who help like cooking skills, organisation skills, planning and budgeting. Often we all would like to help but don't know how to start. Its good to see someone has decided to just get in and do it. I hope the ones being helped go on to help others when they can in other ways.
26/09/2012 8:33:18 a.m.
Big congratulations to Campbell live for highlighting child poverty and those doing something about it! I wish other mainstream media would do this in the same unbiased blameless fashion that Campbell Live does!
I was however a little disappointed with the show where you delved into the lunch boxes of children. If you had done this on a Monday moring, you would have come up with a very very different result. As a budget advisor, I am aware that come Monday morning families often don't have money or food to throw around. Tuesday morning is different because a number are paid and will either get money out or go to the local shop early in the morning to provide lunch for the children on pay day...naturally the timing of the lunch box delve probably gave an unbalanced view of the reality for many families. Unfortunately commentators have latched onto this view to blame families and parents, and in some cases claim parents are abusing their children by not feeding them. I dare you to do another lunch box delve on a Monday morning to see what the reality is :) Otherwise good work Campbell Live, we all need media like you to highlight the issue of child poverty.
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