Feed the Streets
The number of return guests started to pick up this month, which has helped strengthen the relationships between everyone involved. We also had some successes outside of the meals: volunteer and Unitec student Amelia came onboard to do some placement hours with FTS; Leilani got four of our young guests onto a forklift course out west, with two of them passing; and a resident named Gina messaged I Love Avondale one night to say she had a box of bakery food to pass on to someone in need, which I picked up and passed on to Ruben and the Ash St window-washing crew.
Our ‘koha trolley’ has grown into ‘koha tables’ after volunteer Steph organised a big donation of clothes and blankets from her fellow staff members at Prospect School in Glen Eden. We’ve also received donated books from the library and a supporter of FTS.
I Love Avondale
There was an uptick in businesses reaching out this month. For example, Megazone West got in touch to offer free game vouchers for the school holidays so I ran a competition for those; Snap Fitness asked if I could promote their opening and new members could get a discount if they mentioned my post; Avondale Physiotherapy weren’t getting good numbers to their pilates class at the Community Fale, so they asked if I could promote it.
Community and Recreation Hub
There was a big community cleanup of the old 3 Guys site in preparation for the proposed temporary hub onsite. There was a really big turnout and the volunteers left the place the cleanest I’ve ever seen it, before the Fire Service added the finishing touch with a big hose down. At this time, my role was to support the project which I did by creating the cleanup flyer and helping out a (small) bit on the day.