You are invited to our next Community Garden Planting Day Saturday 5th November 10am – 12pm Lunch will be provided
We are reaping the benefits of your Hard work Wayne Walker, Love Soup Community Lunch is on again today, only one month from our planting day in August, we started Harvesting our Vegetables, that have been included in our meals, Today we benefit with Giant Bok Choy, Coriander and Parsley, our Cali flour is looking super white and bright, along with Carrots nearly ready to pluck out., Salads on the menu for Sunday’s Meal with lots of Lettuce to pick.
We are so thankful for the support of Puhoi Valley for their Sponsor of Cheese, every week we get a large supply of quality Fresh Cheese, that has been distributed around to Charities and organisations from the Hibiscus Coast to Auckland, Hamilton, Tokoroa and Rotorua. we are always on the look out for more Charities to donate to. Its Fresh its PerrrrrFect and it can also be Frozen.
Our Meals at Love soup have been a treat, we have been using it in our Soups, Pies, Salads, and Our Chef’s have made some delicious Frittatas from it too. This week we got some Brie and Camembert, which also can be Frozen. We sure enjoy creating some exciting dishes from having this supply of Cheese.
Sometimes, its just a simple hello and smile, is something that could help lift anyone’s day, especially our Homeless, and maybe more so. Consider giving them some of your time a listening ear and open heart.
Inspired by the work of a group called Feed the Homeless Auckland, they have walks on the first Saturday of each month, which we are keen to take part in. Who would like to join us, to support this amazing charitable cause. Join in event Link here on Facebook.
Its that time of the month again where we start to prepare for our monthly walk to support our people living on the streets. If you have never been before or if you are wanting to come and experience what it is like then by all means comment on the thread below. 😉
If you have any blankets or food or clothing you are wanting to donate towards this please comment or PM me. Their are over 160 homeless on our streets so lets band together and show them some support. It is a very humbling experience and I would encourage you to come along.
We will meet outside Starbucks at 7pm on the 1st of October. Please try and be on time so our other volunteers are not waiting around ;). We will then have a quick meeting then split into our teams for the night. You will be in an allocated group that will be handed food, goodie bags and water. Then you will follow your group leader to your assigned area.
Please look out for the admin staff who will be wearing big orange jackets 😉
We have been busy with more families coming to us for assistance. Love Soup Rotorua have an arrangement with Tarewa pounamu Marae to continue utilizing the Marae for Homeless to connect to us Mon Wed & Fri 10-12 at 26 Tarewa road. There are 50 families across Rotorua in Motels and many more singles & couples in Backpackers.
We were fortunate enough to have had a meeting with those involved with Iwi here in Rotorua and the need for action to be taken sooner rather than later.
In the past 3-4 weeks we have managed to house 22 families but with the shortage of houses available this is becoming more difficult each day. We are incredibly thankful to a new rental agency who approached us to house people as she was aware of the work we do and how we provide a wrap-around service, which involves follow up visits on a weekly basis to make sure things are going well for tenant and Landlord. Any issues that arise can be dealt with quickly. The Wrap-around service is essential to the ongoing success of those we house.
We have been offered a place for our “Car” people which is safe and private and we are looking at providing a meal for these people on site. We are currently organising how this would work to be most effective.
Thank you to all you wonderful people for the continued support and love you give to Love soup Rotorua and it’s people. We are so thankful for your donations of Food, clothing, Furniture and would not be here if it weren’t for this support.
Kia kaha Rotorua
NEWSFLASH Drivers FOUND 😜😍 Thank You Danny, Michelle, Sue and Kathryn
Can you help us… The last few weeks we haven’t been able to meet our targets for Friday Deliveries Hibiscus Coast, if you are willing to help, I can pick you up and take you on a round to meet our lovely recipients around the Hibiscus Coast. Needs to be around 8am to 9am so our recipients can get the food distributed.
Penny is a truly remarkable woman, the creator of Helping Hand, also Maddis Market West Auckland and now she is on a mission to help neglected kids within her community of Glen Eden
Her Journey has been no easy one.
As I sat with Penny, I felt strong Goosebumps, this was not going to be no ordinary visit.
I knew little about Penny before I arrived, I was coming to meet with her, to discuss her desires of starting up a Kitchen in West Auckland to help Feed the Homeless people she has been providing care packages, now for over a year, Including the creation of Maddis Market which helps Raise money for other sick children, not necessarily Cancer, but severe cases where even less support is given, such as Iziyah.
Her Story is nothing short of Inspirational, turning a devastating situation into something so beautiful within her community.
I also had the privilege to catch up with Eveyln, Leeanne and Kara
With concerns that worried Mum (Penny) took Maddison to be checked out to be sent home with a disgnosis of high temps and thrush, She carried on seeking help, it actually took 2 months till they finally diagnosed her correctly with a parents worst nightmare very high risk Acute lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2013
Having to go through some painful procedure’s including an Anaphylactic reaction to one of the chemotherpies, where Maddison’s little heart stopped beating for 14 minutes, sent to the PICU unit where most die, Maddison pulled through. But it was a long road to recovery, and during their journey, Community, where a comfort and support helping them as they endured a lot of constant treatments and time needed to be by Maddison’s side the whole time.
The beads of courage given to little Maddi, Each bead represent a procedure she endured. Including having a port inserted under her skin for medicine to be administered.
You can learn more about their journey in these links
Maddi’s journey shows the reality of cancer, especially when friends made along the way die from this disease, how is this fair? how do you tell your child when she asks, why am I still alive yet ……… has died. Maddi has learned a hard lesson about life and no child should have to experience loosing a friend let alone having to go to their funeral.
Penny and I plan to keep in regular contact, I think we have a journey ahead of us I don’t know where it will lead, I am Optimistic. I look forward to working with her , there is work ahead for us. Here’s hoping someday Penny will achieve her dream, to carry out and make an even bigger difference to the lives of others that need hope