Pupils pull together to feed those in need

Taieri College pupils stand with 1800 cans collected for Octacan. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Taieri College pupils stand with 1800 cans collected for Octacan. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Taieri College has shown off its can-do attitude once again.

The Dunedin school has been consistently been one of the biggest contributors to the Octacan can drive organised by Presbyterian Support Otago to stock its foodbank.

This year to mark the event, pupils laid out all 1800 cans they had collected in the shape of the emblem of Octacan.

Taieri College maths teacher Gerry Fuss said the school punched above its weight when it came to the can drive.

Last year it gave about 1300.

Presbyterian Support Otago communications adviser Sally Knox said 35 schools and early child care centres took part.

Each year it received between 15,000 and 20,000 cans, and Taieri College had been consistently one of the biggest donors.

The event continued to grow since it started in 2009, when 4000 items were donated.

The cans and non-perishable food items collected as part of this year’s drive will be delivered to Presbyterian Support in the Octagon on July 1.

Presbyterian Support’s Family Works foodbank is the busiest in Dunedin and gives out up to 80 food parcels a week, which equates to up to 10,000 food items each month.


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