My daughter and I started going to Supling Filipino Playgroup a couple of months ago after finding out about it on Facebook. My family migrated to New Zealand when I was in my early teens and I feel that I have lost some of my culture. As a first-time mother to a beautiful daughter who is half Filipino and half Kiwi, it made me realise how important it is for her to know her Filipino heritage and by joining the playgroup I am learning about my roots and how we can integrate it in our daily lives.
Seven years of building community in the Riccarton area were celebrated at the end of September by the Oak Development Trust. Starting with just one paid employee – Manager Carol Renouf – the trust now has six staff, and is active through around 12 programmes.
The cold of winter is upon us so I hope you are keeping warm, enjoying nourishing, hearty soups and looking out for each other and checking on those neighbours perhaps you haven’t seen out and about for awhile.
As a community we want to congratulate Mana Harema of La Vida Youth Trust on being nominated as one of the Westield Local Heroes and as a community we want to get behind him and the Trust can be one of the top three winners who will receive $10,000. GO ONLINE to Westield Riccarton, Local Heroes and give him your VOTE BY 1ST JULY. Mana’s profle describes him as big hearted, real and inclusive and we are thankful to have him working with the youth in the Riccarton community.
Other finalists in the Riccarton section were: Matthew Button - Big Brothers Big Sisters Chartlotte Ellis - Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust Charlotte Pawson - ParaFed Canterbury Bob Shearing - Enrich Communtiy Chaplaincy Trust Robyn Twemlow - Tourettes Association New Zealand (TANZ)
Our annual ‘Our Riccarton, our Community, let's have fun” Community Day is happening 20th October, 1:00-4:00 P.M. at Harrington Park. Mark this on your calendar. If you would like to contribute in some way by being willing to help on the day or make some ethnic food or provide some entertainment please contact Carol 027 282 0693 or Loreta 022 096 6215.
The ODT Winter Camp in Hanmer Springs was an amazing time! We had a great group attend.
There were some fantastic team challenges: the annual camp Treasure Hunt in town, the Hungry Hippos game, and the Minute to Win It evening run by the Carters! Many of our kids and youth took their bikes and challenged themselves on different bike tracks.
We began the day on Sunday with a climb up Conical Hill -- the view was worth the sore legs! A group went to the Animal Park where they had: donkeys, deer, wallabies, llamas, and even a yak! The kids got to feed them and pat them, and try not to have their clothes eaten by the deer.
On our last day we spent the morning at the hot pools relaxing before we began the drive back home. All in all we had an awesome time together! The relationships built during this time are lasting and so valuable.
Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun time! And thank you to all of those who helped to make it happen, you’re amazing!