They have been visiting once a month since April to do chores and more recently put a new coat of paint on the centre’s verandah.
The project is motivated by a three-month challenge in which staff of the company are delegated into teams who then select a group in society to support.
Tutai Ngametua, team leader of the Bluesky Mangaia – Te Auau Bats team said, “it’s great to be able to help people in the small way that we can. It is our duty to give back to the community in whichever way with the full backing of our employer who provided the paint.”
A month ago Te Auau Bats waterblasted the verandah in preparation for painting the premises.
“I feel proud of the team who have done well and put in their own time to accomplish this,” said Ngametua.
Overwhelmed at the brightness of their newly painted verandah, Te Are Pa Metua patrons celebrated the fresh atmosphere with a small healthy lunch to thank the volunteers.
“It was looking rather dull, the colours have brightened up the area and the mamas and papas are happy with the result,” said centre coordinater Apii Ben.
Rongo Ezekiela speaking on behalf of the Te Are Pa Metua conveyed their appreciation to the Te Auau Bats team for their kindness in sprucing up the verandah where they spend most of their time. -