SHARE
Enjoying a Toot for Tucker brief ing are Michael Hanrahan (St Vincent De Paul), Mary Francis (Ashburton County Lions), Jackie Girvan (Presbyterian Support), Judith Lilley (Salvation Army), Karen McRae (Property Brokers), Paul Thomas (St Vincent De Paul) and Avis Kingsland (Ashburton County Lions).

By Mick Jensen

Car horns will be honking and collectors out in force this Monday (November 28) for the annual Toot for Tucker community foodbank drive.

Organised by Ashburton Country Lions and with strong community support, the initiative asks the public to donate in-date, non perishable goods.

This year Presbyterian Support will join regulars St Vincent De Paul and Salvation Army as food drive recipients.

Those collecting donations will meet at Ashburton Racecourse at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

They include guides, scouts, air cadets, the fire brigade and a band of other volunteers.

Ashburton County Lions director of projects Moyra Whiting said organisers were grateful for the community collectors.

She urged them all to wear stout shoes for safety reasons and also to ensure that any trailers had a valid WOF.

Property Brokers had been involved with the project for a number of years and once again provided advertising support and plastic bags for donations, said Mrs Whiting.

Plastic bags would be included in this week’s Ashburton Courier and the public was encouraged to give generously.

She said there would also be food collections from other areas of the district, including donation stations at Fairton and Chertsey schools.

Items collected would be sorted and given to the needy in the community, she said.