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Centre wins big award
Eating well: Aria Peterson, 4, of Clyde,
and Shelby Walker, 3, of Alexandra, enjoy
a healthy afternoon snack at Dunstan
Photo: CHE BAKER
By CHE BAKER
Physical activity and eating properly
are an important part of staying
healthy, and teaching these skills to
young children has earned Dunstan
Educare a prestigious award.
Today the early childcare centre,
based in Alexandra, will be pres-
ented with the Heart Foundation's
healthy heart award, the Pa-
Harakeke gold, for its promotion of
healthy eating and physical activity.
It is the highest award offered under
the foundation's Tohu Manawa Ora-
Foundation health promotion co-
ordinator Stella O'Connor, of
Invercargill, will be at the centre
today to present the award.
''Dunstan Educare is very deserving
of the award,'' Mrs O'Connor said.
A lot of work had gone on behind the
scenes with policies, lunchbox
guidelines, professional develop-
ment and planning, she said.
''The centre is doing a terrific job of
establishing healthy habits with the
children, which provides a foun-
dation for lifelong health and well-
being,'' she said.
The centre involved the children in
making and trying healthy foods
such as salad wraps for lunch and
Weet-Bix for morning tea.
It also conducted daily physical
activity sessions which included
exploring beyond the centre's play
Centre teacher Tania Mawhinney
said the hard work had been paying
off with staff at the centre noticing
children were bringing healthier
options in their lunch boxes.
Helping hand: WHK senior client manager Nigel Smellie and Alexandra Salvation Army community ministry support
worker Deidre Snodgrass in the Combined Churches Food Bank in Alexandra.
Photo: CHE BAKER
Gift helps food bank
Accounting firm's donation a festive boost
By CHE BAKER
Christmas is a time for giving.
And for one Alexandra charity a
gift of $1000 from accounting
firm WHK will help individuals
and families in Central Otago
struggling to put food on the
As part of a $16,500 donation to
food banks in Otago and
Southland, the Alexandra
Combined Churches Food Bank
received a $1000 cash donation.
WHK senior client manager
Nigel Smellie, of Alexandra, said
instead of giving clients gifts at
Christmas, the money which
would have been used was
donated to food banks. Clients
were happy to support the
initiative, which was now in its
fifth year, Mr Smellie said.
Alexandra Salvation Army
community ministry support
worker Deidre Snodgrass said it
was a huge boost to the food
bank and the whole community.
This year more than 300
individuals and families used
the food bank service.
The money would go towards
providing food that could not
always be donated, such as
perishable food items. Last
Christmas 94 food parcels were
given out around Alexandra,
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