Caption: Navy personnel on the HMNZS Wellington send a message to the All Blacks with their cans they collected for the Auckland City Mission as part of Mission Kiwi Can.
15 July 2011
Defence personnel in Auckland have once again come to the aid of the Auckland City Mission with a large donation of canned food and cash.
For the past two weeks the New Zealand Defence Force has been running a campaign throughout the country called Mission Kiwi Can where personnel throughout the country have been asked to donate canned food for local food banks.
On Friday 15 July Navy, Army and Air Force personnel from donated over 2,500 cans and $2,500.00 to Auckland City Mission.
“This is the third year we have run Mission Kiwi Can,” said the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones.
“In the past two years we have donated a total of over 15,340 cans to food banks around the country. This year we have collected over 6,000 cans and raised over $16,000 which has been donated to food banks from Auckland to Invercargill.
“Our involvement with charities is an important part of Defence, especially where we are able to support charitable organisations in the communities where we are based.”
Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson said, “The Auckland City Mission has had a long history of support from the armed forces. It is wonderful to see the whole of the New Zealand Defence Force come together to support food banks with Mission Kiwi Can.
“Demand for food relief continues to grow every year. Our food stocks are critically low and we are exploring ways to fund additional staff to help cope with demand. We need both food and financial donations to help thousands of Aucklanders get through the next few months.”
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130