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Can we fill it?
Yes we can
Carrying the can: Napier Central School pupils Luke Shirley and Gina Santoro.
FOOD BANK HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT
For students at Taradale High School, Feed the Bus for Foodbank has been incorporated
into the curriculum, with year 13 nutrition students organising the food collection. This
year they have done a magnificent job, with the school families donating twice as much
food as they did in 2010.
''As part of the year 13 achievement standards, the nutrition class is required to promote
health in society,'' says head of food technology, Samantha Jones.
''The students put their heads together and decided to collect the food for ''Feed the
Bus'' by running a competition between classes, with the class who donated the most
food having a delicious lunch cooked for them at school. This got the entire school
involved and really brought out a competitive streak -- as a result the school donated more
than 1500 items to the food bank.
''One of the students gave a talk in assembly regarding what types of food to bring, which
resulted in a great variety of non-perishable items such as breakfast cereals and muesli
bars, as well as tinned and dried foods.''
Ms Jones says the students were enthusiastic and managed to inspire not only their
fellow students but also their families and the wider community.
''They have showed great teamwork and I am very proud of them for the wonderful result.''
More donations than ever: Marewa School
pupils with boxes of donations for Foodbank.
In the biggest food bank drive Napier has
ever seen a red double-decker bus trundled
city streets last week.
The second annual Napier Mail Fill the
Bus campaign for Napier Foodbank
received twice as much as last year, leav-
ing volunteers stunned and overwhelmed
Almost bursting at the seams, the
hungry Thirsty Whale bus was completely
full, many times, during the three-day food
drive, as it stopped at various destinations
in town and in the suburbs.
Once again the community has risen to
the occasion . . . the generosity has been
incredible, says Napier Foodbank man-
ager Maggie Ronchi.
The children were all amazing, eager
and happy to give. They really made our
day, and it was great spending time with
It was so encouraging seeing our young
people in the high schools getting behind
us, using their organisational skills to
promote the bus and collecting literally
boxes and boxes of goodies. Well done to all
the schools for their great support.
Also, a big thank you to all those who
made a special effort to meet the bus at one
of our many locations and donate, it is so
appreciated, and also to those that loaded
up the supermarket collection baskets --
All of our willing helpers were amazing,
and of course our trusty steed the Thirsty
Whale big red bus . . . what a champion.
Thanks to all the generous people, hun-
dreds of families in Napier will not go
hungry this winter. Community helping
community, wonderful; thanks Napier,
you re great, she says.
It was hard work, but everyone had a
lot of fun; a special thanks to the Napier
Mail, you re all stars, let s do it again next
The campaign was the brainchild of
Napier Mail manager Sarah Ericksen.
Supporting the food bank is such a do-
able and direct way of people helping
people who will later give back when they
are on their feet, Ms Ericksen says.
Costumed characters Sir Fin and Waste
Weka added a fun element to the school
visits this year.
Home away from home: Dan Carter is tackled in Saturday night's clash
against the Chiefs at McLean Park.
Photo: JOHN COWPLAND/ALPHAPIX.CO.NZ
Hawke's Bay rugby fans got a glimpse of what the Rugby World Cup might
look and feel like come September, with a crowd of 14,000 packing into
Napier's McLean Park for Saturday night's super rugby clash between the
Crusaders and the Chiefs.
The near-capacity crowd not only provided an important test of facilities
at the World Cup venue, but on the field Crusaders maestro Dan Carter
attempted three drop goals in his side's 25-19 home win over the Chiefs --
though he later denied it was a scoring tactic he was practising for the All
Blacks' World Cup campaign.
See match report page 27
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