In 2018 the dream of extending Koha Kai’s teaching programme, and taking the people who work with them still further into the community began to be realized, thanks to the huge Fundraising efforts for the Fight For Kidz corporate boxing event.
“It was our pleasure and honour to work with the organisers Dave Bartley and Steve Boutcher on this project”, says Project Leader Janice Lee.
“Just participating in this event gave people the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones in ways that just a couple of years ago would not have been possible for them to do.”
As a result of that event $117,218.23 was raised, and over the past year Dean Giddens took a concept drawing and spent his evenings and weekends building a Food Trailer specifically to meet the needs of those people who use it as a training platform.
“It was a massive undertaking because everything was just a concept idea – but ultimately we came out with an amazing Trailer – that needed a big vehicle to tow it round.”
We have been very lucky to have had friends towing it from site to site during our trial phase, but we had to find a resolution, and with limited funds remaining – we were incredibly fortunate to have had Macaulay Motors come forward to join with Fight for Kidz and support us with a three year sponsorship deal under their Mazda Dealership.
As a result of the amazing community investment from organisations like Fight for Kidz and now Macaulay Mazda, the opportunities for our Graduate Trainees to learn additional skills like Customer services, cash handling, ordering – learning while earning – it just could not occur.
“It has also given us the opportunity to support organisations like Civil Defence. In the case of a Civil Emergency, Koha Kai can now tow their fully self-contained commercial kitchen wherever it is needed. We have the people, the infrastructure and our own food sources through our gardens, and we can make a real difference when it comes to supporting people under extreme stress – like the recent Nelson Fires, or earthquake emergencies.”
Koha Kai is very grateful to all those organisations, businesses and groups for their ongoing support in community.
“Te whiriwhirika taakata hai akiaki mãtou anõ ki te whakawhanake ai te pūtake punawai mo kã wawata, kã moemoeã o tãtou te iwi Mãori kia tū motuhake ai.”
~ People woven together to support each other, to bring forth the foundations from which our dreams and aspirations to be self-reliant and self-sufficient shall flow.
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