Fonterra supply CYF kids with wheelpower

An opportunity to give some of Taranaki's most vulnerable children a chance to create some positive childhood memories was gratefully received in Normanby yesterday.

As part of a team-building exercise, staff from Fonterra's Whareroa and Kapuni sites built nine different bikes from scratch and gave them away to Taranaki Child Youth and Family (CYF).

CYF manager Frances Farmer and her team were presented with the bikes at a special ceremony, together with donated helmets and high-visibility gear.

Fonterra's distribution centre manager Paul Phipps said it was the staff's idea to donate the bikes to the government agency.

Farmer said it was not the first time the company had helped out the children her staff worked with.

She said last year Fonterra donated Christmas presents and food hampers which were given to families in need. The company has also hosted Christmas parties for CYF clients in South Taranaki.

She said some of the situations faced by the children and young people her agency worked with were extremely difficult and she was grateful for any support from companies such as Fonterra.

"This is a giving them a little bit of light," she said. "Every now and then it's great to have a really good story."

Taranaki Daily News