Grocery grab prize given to food banks

KiwiHarvest administrator and volunteer co-ordinator Rae De Haan stacks cans in a trolley as she races the three-minute clock at New World Centre City in Dunedin during a trolley grab on Friday. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

Struggling Otago families will be served some Christmas cheer thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who won a grocery raffle for a Dunedin charity.

The Dunedin man won first prize, a three-minute $700 trolley grocery grab, in the Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust raffle.

Trust chairman Geoff Blackmore said the winner quickly called back, saying he had discussed it with his family and they would like to give the prize to support local food banks.

“It is wonderful that he donated the trolley grab to local food banks,” Mr Blackmore said.

Lining up on Friday morning at New World Centre City in Dunedin were representatives of KiwiHarvest, a food rescue organisation.

For the three-minute race to fill a trolley with only two of each item, KiwiHarvest administrator and volunteer co-ordinator Rae De Haan said she and her colleagues had mapped out the store the night before.

“We planned to grab things that people would use, and then we will look at things people may not be able to afford but would be a special gift at Christmas time,” she said.

When Mr Blackmore called “Go”, Ms De Haan raced into the pasta section, then went to grab some cans, it was then a quick dash over to the cheese and deli section before she headed over with seconds to spare to the Christmas ham display where she filled the trolley to its capacity.

The combined total of the grab was $737.

Mr Blackmore said the supermarket kindly topped up the prize draw to help out the charity.

The raffle raised more than $5000.

“The raffle is a big fundraiser for us and the proceeds will be used to continue the restoration of the campsite at Lawrence.”