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Love Soup Waitakere

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Love Soup, the highly successful response to poverty and hunger that started a year ago in Tokoroa, has now come to West Auckland with the hope that all West Aucklanders will help the cause and be part of giving a hand to those who need it most.

The Ranui ‘branch’ will open in the middle of this month, under the management of West Auckland woman, Amanda Lipsham. Given Ranui’s own successful self-help programmes that harness the power of community, it seems appropriate for Love Soup to come to this particular suburb.

“Our first venue is at the Ranui Community Centre. We plan to hold weekly Monday night meals there, free of charge for those in need,” Amanda says.

“We plan to remove the stigma attached to people having to ask for free food, by encouraging the local community to come to Love Soup Waitakere, have a hot meal and meet their local neighbours. “We also want to eventually integrate other services such as budget advice and help with creating CV’s. We’ll provide these while people enjoy their soup,” Amanda says.

“So far we have two fundraisers lined up to help with the costs. We also have another two venues ready to open once the Ranui venue is running smoothly.

We currently have 10-15 committee members who have a passion to help and support those in their local community. We meet every Friday to discuss developments and make plans. At the moment we are also creating a website.”

Amanda says that to make the Ranui organisation a success, Love Soup Waitakere needs help with:
• Food donations or monetary donations to purchase food

• Sponsorship and marketing materials such as flyer printing, t-shirt printing, business cards etc

• Volunteers – “While we have a large volunteer base, we are always on the lookout for more, especially as we open up other venues” she says.

This initiative has been created by the community, for the community to help develop a stronger, healthier society for families and those in need.

Feel free to contact Amanda Lipsham on 021 102 7308 or manager@lovesoupwaitakere.co.nz. Or visit Love Soup on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lovesoupwaitakere.