Gift Of Food Brightens Days, Helps Make Dreams Possible

Gift Of Food Brightens Days, Helps Make Dreams Possible

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Volunteer-based trust, Race4Life is determined not to let
a global pandemic stand in the way of its mission to grant
wishes to palliative care patients across New Zealand. Now,
thanks to a $10,000 donation from Foodstuffs, it has been
able to continue helping its patients realise their dreams
and create memories that can be cherished.

The
Race4Life Trust is one of 54 social organisations to have
benefited from a more than $1 million pledge by
Foodstuffs’ brands New World, PAKn’SAVE, Four Square,
Gilmours and Trents. The pledge was announced in April to
support New Zealanders who are facing tough times.

Viv
James, General Manager at Race4Life, was blown away by the
contribution from Foodstuffs and said the donation played a
big part in facilitating some family’s wishes and
providing others with vital uplifting food
parcels.

“The donation from Foodstuffs has touched
the lives of many, including one of our inspiring patients,
thirty-two-year-old, Napier-based, Tom McLean,” continues
Viv. “Tom received a devastating prognosis with only
months to live. He wanted to head off for an adventure in
the South Island en route to Invercargill, where his family
hail from. Together with his wife and two young children, he
got to enjoy a very special family holiday. The $500 New
World vouchers took the pressure off worrying about
groceries and meant they could focus on what was really
important – making memories together as a
family.”

For so many others who have been faced with
a devasting diagnosis, the spectre of COVID-19 and the
second lockdown has meant many wishes and special family
moments have been put on hold. To help raise spirits several
Foodstuffs supermarkets put together care packages filled
with grocery essentials and treats which went out to 25
families.

New World Eastridge was one of 14 New World
and PAKn’SAVE supermarkets who rallied together to make
the care packages as part of Foodstuffs’ generous
donation. Store owner Kym Samuels said New World Eastridge
has been a long-standing supporter of Race4Life, working
closely with the organisation for the past seven years and
providing food for their annual Race4Life events.

Kym
says everyone in the country has been hit hard by COVID-19,
particularly New Zealand’s charities and community support
organisations, who continue to see significant and prolonged
demand. “We’ve had the privilege to continue to trade
throughout lockdown, and it is important we do our bit to
give back to the communities we serve,” continues
Kym.

“There’s no doubt people are really
struggling at the moment, and it’s devastating to think
that those who are at their most vulnerable are missing out
on some really meaningful experiences. We’ve loved working
with Viv and her team over the years. It was the least we
could do to help raise the spirits and wellbeing of those
living with life-limiting illness with a care package that
they so deserve.”

One of the recipients, Terry,
wrote in and said, that while the COVID-19 restrictions have
been necessary, “it means you have limited time to
undertake so many things, whilst still feeling well enough
to tackle them. The gift basket was a real pick me
up.”

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