Free fruit harvest a real bonus for school

22:34, Jun 27 2012
FREE FRUIT: Birkdale Primary students William Cenizal, Miggy Falqueza, Micah Seyb, Fineaso Talake, Walter de Thierry, Samuel Wilson and Jason Bhana with Di Celliers and their fresh apples.

Free fruit for primary school students is a possibility thanks to one Browns Bay woman.

Birkdale Primary is the latest to benefit from the Community Fruit Harvesting group after 10 boxes of hand-picked apples were delivered by founder Di Celliers.

Each box weighs around 20kg, she says.

Volunteers picked unwanted fruit at Windmill Orchards for the school, she says.

The Browns Bay resident began the initiative last July after witnessing how much unused fruit was being binned.

"I hate to see the wastage."


Orchard owners invite the volunteers to pick "hundreds of kilograms of apples" off their trees.

The students didn't realise the fruit was for them and were "chuffed" once they realised, she says.

Mrs Celliers and her team also delivered six boxes to Birkdale North School.

Around 20 boxes were recently donated to the Auckland City Mission as well as the Salvation Army and Hibiscus Coast Community Centre.

She says it's an easy charity to get involved in and locals can donate fruit from their backyards. Many also donate marmalades.

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