Marlborough Mid-Week : October 7th 2015
MIDWEEK Marlborough Wednesday, October 7, 2015 RACHEL MCFADDEN A paradox in the amount of fresh fruit going to waste in Marlborough and the number of families struggling to afford a balanced and nutritious diet is what motivated Blenheim woman Rowan West to do something. It has been one year since she launched Community Fruit Marlborough, a volunteer group which picks unwanted fruit that would otherwise go to waste from trees around Marlborough and drops it off to those in need. Over the past year, Rowan and her crew of 10 volunteer pickers have delivered about 10 car loads of otherwise wasted fresh fruit to Marlborough’s foodbank. It’s about building community, Rowan says. ‘‘We need to go back to the days of the past, where if you had a surplus of anything you offered it free of charge to a friend or a neighbour who could use it.’’ And this is where Community Fruit Marlborough comes in and ‘‘provides the link’’ to those with surplus to those in need, she says. Similar community initiatives have been set up across the country, which comes as no surprise to Rowan as it is a project that keeps on yielding wonderful returns. ‘‘It gives me a sense of belong- ing. It is an expansive feeling of self worth and connection rather than the introspective feelings that diminish and isolate.’’ Rowan has a neurological dis- order, progressive supranuclear palsy, which affects her speech and mobility, but being able to provide a service to her Being a true role model P4 Cycling success for Ben P5 YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Volunteers gather free fruit Community Fruit Marlborough co-ordinator RowanWest picks lemons with a group of volunteers. ‘‘If you had a surplus of anything you offered it free.’’ community helps her feel better inside. ‘‘It helps enormously, as it gets me off myself which is a good thing for me to not focus on how I am but look to what I can contribute. ‘‘It makes me feel less useless and of worth to a greater cause when I can do something for others,’’ Rowan says. Through Community Fruit Marlborough Rowan has developed friendships with other volunteer pickers. She is also close with the people who are donating their fruit and the manager of Marlborough Community Fruit, who PHOTO: SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ gives Rowan a big hug every time she drops off the fruit. If you would like to contribute to this project as a volunteer or donate some surplus fruit or vegetables that need picking, contact Rowan via text on 022 404 2089. X304 RIDE-ON MOWER • 18.5hp* V-Twin engine • Hydrostatic transmission • 42” Deck • 4-Wheel steer • 4 Year or 300 Hour warranty FREE 10P CART S240 RIDE-ON MOWER • 18.5hp* V-Twin engine •Hydrostatic two-pedal transmission • 42” Deck • 3 Year or 200 Hour warranty Offer valid only for purchases of all S240 Ride-on Mowers and select X300 Select Series Ride-on Mowers (excluding X300R) while stocks last, through 31 December 2015. One cart per ride-on mower purchased. Ph: 579 1111 4 Warwick St, Blenheim Steve: 021 479 388 www.gordonhandy.co.nz *The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s web site for additional information.
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