The team from Z Awakeri service station, in Whakatane, recently spent a volunteer day supporting local community initiative, The Clothing Project.
The Clothing Project is an organisation that collects, sorts and distributes clothing to various charities in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region that help families facing financial hardship, including Plunket, Ngati Awa (Family Start), Budget Advice, and Rheumatic Fever Prevention.
The Z Awakeri team volunteer day was an exciting way to experience first-hand how The Clothing Project assists local families in need. The team already had some understanding of services provided by The Clothing Project as it was one of the community groups that was chosen to participate in Good in the Hood in 2016. The team said it was awesome for them to learn more about what the group does.
The Clothing Project team was particularly grateful for the support.
“Having the wonderful team from Z Awakeri volunteer with us, we were able to sort through a great deal of the donations we received from the community and we are so delighted to have the back log of donations cleared.
“What this means for our team is that we are able to focus on getting current orders for clothing out to families in need. The team did an awesome job and they are welcome to come and volunteer for us anytime,” a Clothing Project spokesperson said.
A Z Awakeri team member, Kim Gillies, said the team took a lot away from the experience and is now looking at what else they could do to assist the local neighbourhood in positive ways.