Johnny Teio and Matarii Hasse from CITC Building Centre loaded their truck up with 30 bags filled with all sorts of snacks and sweets and headed to the Creative Centre to give to each of the clients.
Teio said the staff donation was their way of giving back to the community.
“We fundraise throughout the year, doing sausage sizzles every second Saturday with the incentive that one day we can fulfil a need in the community,” he said.
For eight years, CITC Building Centre’s manager Anthony Francis and staff have gone out of their way to raise money to support different organisations and people around the island.
“We have given to many different places, but we always love giving to the Creative Centre, because we really appreciate the Creative Centre for always looking after people in need, so we wanted to give back to them,” Hasse said.
Teio said the staff began raising money by holding a “Kia Orana Day” every Friday, where the staff wore Cook Islands attire and each donated a gold coin.
“As we collected the money, we could afford to buy sausages for our sizzle on Saturdays, then we would make more money off that and find out organisations in need of resources or support.”
Creative Centre staff member Alain said they are very grateful for the generous donation.
“I feel really happy because these guys (with special needs), don’t really get treats throughout the year, so whatever they get given is a blessing to them and they are pleased.
Estall said the members of the Creative Centre were very happy with their bags of goodies.
“The Building Centre always surprises us with their generosity.
“One year they came and built an extension on our building. Once again this year we are really grateful.”