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Community Fund

When opening FreshChoice Half Moon Bay, Chris and Juliet introduced the FreshChoice Community Fund to the locals. The community fund is designed for individuals, schools or groups that are active in the community and need financial support. Any individual, school or organisation can apply.

Applicants can apply by completing an application form, available at the checkout or printing the

FreshChoice Community Fund Application Form here. Once completed drop it into the box by the noticeboard.

Alternatively, complete the pdf online and email it. 

At the end of each month $500 will be donated to one or more recipients.


Some of our Community Fund recipients 

Cracker community fund












Since July 2016, FreshChoice Half Moon Bay has made more than 20 donations to community groups that needed a little bit of assistance to help their cause.
That is nearly $2,500 helping to make our neighbourhood great.
We are surrounded by busy and talented people and the funds have assisted Macleans College singers, put shade sails over Pigeon Mountain School children and helped out the Lions Club of Howick with their water safety event.
There were plenty more recipients that FreshChoice Half Moon Bay was pleased to support.
Community groups looking for funding can pick up an application in-store or online.


Pakuranga rugby fuelled by FreshChoice Half Moon Bay










Throughout the 2016 season, Pakuranga’s Premier Reserve team was sponsored by FreshChoice Half Moon Bay.
FreshChoice provided player of the day vouchers, valued at $25, for the 16 games the team played.
The Premier Reserve team is made up of a good mix of players, some studying, some tradesmen and a few players who have come back from the Premier team.
They have a very good supporter base, with FreshChoice among them.
“Without this sort of support, our teams would struggle,” says Steven Hackett, general manager of Pakuranga United Rugby Club.
“It’s great to see the boys receive something that makes a big difference to their weekly out-goings and each voucher has been enthusiastically received.”
The team had a good season, finishing third in the competition, as well as winning the Lawrie Knight Challenge Cup, which is the equivalent to the Ranfurly Shield for the grade.
Well done guys.

Special Olympics winners, April 2016

Special Olympics













Currently, Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga is fundraising to send a team of athletes, supported by volunteer carers and coaches, to participate in Special Olympics NZ Trans Tasman Tournament 2016. 
The amazing tournament is in Hamilton, late-November 2016 and Howick-Pakuranga athletes have entered nine swimmers, and five track and field athletes.  
They will be accompanied by six volunteers.  
The donation from FreshChoice Half Moon Bay will help towards achieving the athletes’ goal of $14,000 required to register the team.
“We rely entirely on volunteers to run the eight different sports that Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga provides for people with intellectual disabilities and therefore donations such as this one from FreshChoice Half Moon Bay help immensely,” says Laurinne Laing, club chairperson.

Highland Park Sewing Group, April 2016

Highland Park Sewing Group








Last year, dedicated volunteers at the Highland Park Sewing Group made and mended more than 6,000 garments for Kidz First Children’s Hospital and Dingwall Trust at Papatoetoe.
Dingwall Trust provides support services to children and young people in need of out of home care.
The need and the work never ends, and recently FreshChoice Half Moon Bay donated $100 to contribute to the cost of buying thread, buttons and zips.
Farmers donates fabric that the sewers use to make complete garments as well as some new items of clothing that can’t be sold because they need repairs.
The Highland Park sewers have the expertise to make beautiful clothing that children love to wear.
They meet from 9.30am-1pm, every Thursday at the St John Ambulance Hall, Highland Park.

Swaying on a swing, January 2016

Open Home Foundation is an organisation that offers an alternative for children who have been placed into foster care.

They support families, care for children and promote family wellbeing.

FreshChoice Half Moon Bay recently donated $300 to their respite house for young people with disabilities.

They purchased a patio swing set for the youngsters and the adults involved in supporting them.

It has been a great addition, proving to be very therapeutic and relaxing.

FreshChoice is delighted to be able to support the community - if you would like to support Open Home Foundation, please click here


Cruising away, February 2016

FreshChoice Half Moon Bay recently contributed to the Howick East Combined Probus Club that organises fun outings for the retired.

The donation was used toward a 360 cruise of the Auckland port and container terminal.

The group of 37 people enjoyed an informative commentary about the history of the port, an additional jaunt under the harbor bridge, then headed back to shore for a fantastic Yum Cha lunch at China Restaurant.

Tummies full, they then took the scenic route back to Howick via the waterfront.

"It was a very interesting and informative trip," Gillian Stocking, one of the group, said.

FreshChoice loves to help with community groups and projects, and enjoys hearing about what people have been up to with the help of their donations.

Warms the cockles!

Cups and saucers help school hall, March 2016

On her usual morning coffee run to Delishimo, a parent from St Mark's Catholic School approached Chris from FreshChoice about the possibility of some support for their school gala.

Chris offered to donate two pallet loads of crockery to the cause, which was gratefully accepted.

The gala was held Saturday April 2 to raise money for the building of a school hall.

The organisers made up sets of crockery to sell, while the rest was sold for $1 a pop.

Olivia Muggleston, staff member and parent says, "The school is so appreciative of Chris and the team at FreshChoice Half Moon Bay.

"We are a small school with only 150 students, so every extra bit of help makes a big difference in the fundraising for our school hall."


Feeding families

FreshChoice Half Moon Bay recently donated to Bellyful East Auckland.

The not-for-profit group does a fabulous job of providing good wholesome meals to families with new babies and they don't have a lot of support.

Fortnightly, volunteers hold cook-a-thons where they make lasagne, spaghetti bolognese sauce, macaroni cheese and red lentil tomato soup, which are frozen and then delivered to new mums.

Most recipients are referred by their Plunket nurse, midwife or doctor, though you can refer a friend or ask for help yourself.

To refer someone, or to find out how you can volunteer, go to http://www.bellyful.org.nz or phone 0508 235 5938.