Collecting, wrapping, packing - read how Rotary Westhaven's activities are part of 'Aucklanders supporting Aucklanders' for the Mission.... 
Our "Winter Warriors" collection through July and August outside local supermarkets meant we were able to present Auckland City Mission (ACM) with a variety of food and household items worth $6100, as well as a cheque for $5500.
Thanks to the staff and customers of Countdown Ponsonby, Grey Lynn Central, Richmond Road and Quay Street as well as New World Victoria Park, as well as family and friends of Rotary Westhaven who helped with the collection.

Below is a story of a family the Auckland City Mission recently helped with food assistance;
Kylie came to the Mission about a month ago, completely out of her depth.  Both her parents were addicted to methamphetamine, and Kylie—at 20 years old—was now the only responsible adult available to raise her two school-age siblings.
At an age when many young people are studying at university or enjoying and OE, Kylie was suddenly playing the role of “mother’ to two vulnerable, distressed teenagers.
Her income was limited to what she was able to earn at her minimum-wage job, where full-time hours were not guaranteed.
Aside from financial difficulties Kylie was under incredible emotional pressure and was showing signs of depression.
The Crisis Care team were able to provide Kylie with a family-size emergency food parcel to help her make it through the week.
They also helped her apply for a special benefit for people raising children who aren’t theirs by birth, as a way to supplement her limited income.
She was then taken next door to the Mission’s Calder Centre for a health screen and meeting with the ADHB mental health nurse who regularly works-on-site at the Calder Centre.
Kylie and her siblings are now in a financially sustainable position and are receiving the on-going emotional support they need.

 
“The support we receive from the Rotary Club Westhaven makes a real difference.  We work to create positive change in our clients' lives and your support is key in enabling us to do this.  Thank you again for the incredible support your club gives to the Auckland City Mission, we simply could not do our work without you”
~ Chris Farrelly, Auckland City Mission CEO
 
At the end of 2017 we spent a few nights helping to wrap Christmas presents for the families in need, which ACM reaches out to at a difficult time of the year.  This is always a good occasion for family and friends to help out and despite the sad circumstances for which the work is done, there is always good camaraderie on the night.
 
 
Now we have started 2018 on the right foot with a team helping at the ACM Distribution Centre this week to pack up food parcels in readiness for the expected demand next week.  In three hours a team of six managed to pack 126 food parcels - not a bad effort for the holiday period :)