Thanks for Going the Extra Mile to Put Families First
A huge thank you to all the Friends, Staff and supporters of ATWC who turned out for our inaugural charity walk at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday November 25.
We were blessed with great weather for this family event which included a 5km walk through the gardens followed by a family picnic, face painting, live entertainment and spot prizes.
A special thanks to students from Diocesan School for Girls and King’s College who gave up their time to be volunteers on the day. Peformances by Diocesan’s rock band Vivid, Papatoetoe Intermediate Bollywood dancers and King’s Junior Blues Band and Jazz band helped to create an excellent “vibe” on the day which was a healthy, fun way to raise money in support of ATWC’s family-based services.
Thank you to everyone who was involved and gave generously to ATWC.
ATWC's Rainbow Op Shop Open for Business
ATWC has re-opened its popular Rainbow Op Shop at new premises in Avondale to raise money for Auckland families and children who need our charity's support.
Anglican Bishop Jim White officially re-opened the shop on April 18 at a small ceremony attended by ATWC staff and supporters including CEO Philip Beilby, ATWC's Board Chair Dianne Kenderdine and Friends of ATWC who catered for the event.
Shop manager Donna Keatley, who managed the shop at Karangahape Rd for two years before high rents forced it to close in June 2010, spent several weeks getting the new shop fitted out and sorting through donated goods ahead of its eagerly awaited opening.
Mrs Kenderdine and Mr Beilby thanked Donna and her family for their hard work which is paying off with a steady stream of customers arriving to pick up bargains at great prices.
ATWC's property manager Graeme Cowley was thanked for his committment to ensuring that the shop - which has run for more than 30 years - was re-opened.
The shop will operate rent-free from the same site as ATWC’s Family Start Avondale service which is run the Baptist Church premises on the corner of New North and Blockhouse Bay Rds.
Donna said word had spread quickly. "Several old customers have tracked us down. We hope to attract Avondale foot traffic and have plenty of parking for people who drive here. The shop may look full now but we will always need more donations.”
Clean, good quality items including shoes, clothes and household goods for The Rainbow Shop can be dropped on weekdays between 9am and 3pm to either the Rainbow Shop or to ATWC’s Main Office Reception at 10 Beatty St, Otahuhu. Or contact Tracey on 09 276 3729 xtn 9001 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have goods collected.
ATWC Board Chair Dianne Kenderdine and Rainbow Op Shop Manager Donna Keatley.
Bishop Jim, Dianne Kenderdine, Donna Keatley, Phil Beilby and Graeme Cowley.
Bishop Jim White and Rev. Mary Thompson.