Age Concern Christmas volunteers

BayBuzz received the usual flurry of last-minute media releases and announcements this pre-Christmas week, most of which will be just as newsworthy in January.

But we’ve just selected one for the season that we think epitomises the spirit of Christmas and caring here in Hawke’s Bay.

On Christmas Day, for its ninth year, Age Concern Havelock North will be preparing cooked meals for an unprecedented 1000 people of all ages (and gifts for 464 children) … but this year because of Covid restrictions, delivered directly to people in need at their homes.

Although operating out of Pure Catering in Havelock North, the meals will reach across Hastings, Havelock North, Flaxmere, Napier and the wider Hawke’s Bay.

All food will be prepared under the guidance of chef Jeremy Rimene and Stu Wilkins from Maina. And from Wednesday, an army of 125 volunteers will donate their time, and help with everything from cooking, to packing, and delivering meals to people’s doors. 

Unfortunately, Age Concern couldn’t accommodate an “easy 500” who also sought help. Carol Winters, Age Concern Havelock North Manager says, “Sometimes you get a message from someone who just makes you want to cry and there are a lot more of those coming through so I would say the need is far greater based on what we are hearing of people’s stories.”

All this is a reminder of what’s truly important and what to be thankful for in this Christmas season.

Age Concern Havelock North and your team of volunteers … you’re a blessing!

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