South Alive staff Claire and Julz enjoyed harvesting the beautiful sweet chillli peppers at the Invercargill City Council winter gardens.
This supports our mahi in our Food Secure Communities project and the harvest opportunity came from our involvement in Murihiku Kai Collective. These sweet chilli peppers were shared with the public who visit the Pod the following day.
Great to see these edible plants harvested and shared with our community
How amazing are the Aurora College students, contributing their mufti day fundraising for our Pay It Forward Programme. Great community spirit ! Mountains of thanks and appreciation to each and everyone of you
Has anyone seen mention of us in Kia Ora, Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine? We were just a bit proud to see ourselves there, alongside other great places to eat and drink in Invercargill. Here’s the reference to the article if you’d like to read it.
EACH MONTH WE WILL TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT OUR SOUTH ALIVE TRUSTEES AND VOLUNTEERS
TRUSTEE - CHRISTABEL EARL
Hi, my name is Christabel Earl.
I’ve been a volunteer with South Alive for nearing two years and in addition have been a Trustee on the South Alive Board for the past fifteen months.
My volunteer work with South Alive includes being a member of the Spring Flower Show team, assisting on Action Teams as needed and in addition undertaking a range of administration work in the POD. I volunteer for other not-for-profits as well but South Alive is my first experience of being involved with a community organisation. This has made me more aware of the value of such organisations to communities in general and to my appreciation of the achievements of South Alive in providing social amenities to South Invercargill.
I am an Aucklander who made the decision to move to the regions four years ago. During the time I have lived in Southland I have discovered what a beautiful area of the country it is and am pleased to see the rejuvenation of South Invercargill in addition to the redevelopment of the CBD.
VOLUNTEER - LYNDA KENNEDY
How did you find out about South Alive?
I live in South Invercargill and have done for many years, just through talking with friends (word of mouth) I heard about it. I then saw an advertisement to see if there was any interest in rug making, so I attended and the group Rug Rats was formed and run by a lady that would come from Wyndham each week to teach us. At this group some of us knitted and some made the rugs.
How do you volutneer at South Alive?
From Rug Rats we started a group called the Knit Witz which comes under the South Alive action team of Pay It Forward.
We meet each week on a Thursday at 10am at South Alive where we knit and donate baby clothing and blankets to the Southland Hospital. Our wool is funded by South Alive who greatfully receive funding from the DIA - CLDP (Department of Internal Affairs - Community Led Development Programme). This allow us to make very warm clothing from pure wool.
What do you enjoy about the group and coming each week?
I enjoy coming each week, its like catching up with old friends, and we all really enjoy each others company along with the coffee and food at The Pantry Cafe.
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in on a Thursday, we share patterns, ideas and if you are ever unsure how to do something there is always someone to ask. Some havent' knitted in years and have come along and picked it back up.
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