1. Feed the people at Kaibosh food rescue
Kaibosh is based in Wellington and is New Zealand’s first and most well-established food rescue organisation. Robyn and George Langlands founded Kaibosh in 2008. It began with them collecting food from Wishbone and storing it overnight in their home fridge before delivering it to Wellington Women’s Refuge the following day. They soon realised that there was plenty more food to rescue and set about building Kaibosh into what it is today.
Kaibosh was the Supreme Winner of the 2012 Trustpower National Community Awards – an honour which went a long way towards raising the profile not only of Kaibosh, but of food rescue in New Zealand.
I joined Kaibosh about 4 months ago, with my Dad. Dad had wanted to join the Kaibosh volunteers squad since hearing organiser Matt Dagger speak at TEDxVUW at Victoria University in 2014 (which I was part of organising). A friend had told me about the good work he was doing, so we got Matt along to tell us about Kaibosh. You can find out by clicking the link.
In short - Kaibosh picks up food from the markets and supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown out. From a charity perspective, this really appealed to me because I was already familiar with how much food people throw away which is perfectly eatable. When I was 15 I worked at a boutique supermarket where bread was thrown out every day.
Kaibosh collect the food then bring it back to their headquarter of Tennyson Street and sort it. That's where me and Dad come in. The food is checked, weighed, and allocated to a charity by us ( for example the Salvation Army) so they can use the food to feed those in need. We have found that this experience has not only been a way to help others but has helped us reflect on what we do and know about food.
For example, my Dad has spent a lot of time in his life at work and my mum was the one taking care of the shopping and cooking - so he is a bit clueless. I love when he picks up a plum or asparagus and asks in a perplexed way "this looks alright doesn't it?". It made me realise that you need to keep exposing yourself to new experiences, no matter what how old you are - and sometimes that can be as simple as knowing how to separate slushy carrots.
I always leave with a feeling of peace when I have sorted food. We just help once every fortnight but it makes me feel good knowing I have been helping make the world just a bit better for a few hours a month and not thinking about my own wants and needs for a bit.
2. Buy some Wellington Chocolate Factory chocolate
Gabe and Rochelle are the owners of the Wellington Chocolate Factory. They started the factory because there was no other bean to bar factory in New Zealand. This mission has lead them on a journey to the jungles of Paupa New Guinea to meet the locals who grow the beans themselves and can tell the story of the cocoa like no one else. Gabe spoke about this at his TEDxWellington talk last August. You can watch it here.
If you buy WCF, you not only are buying delicious artisan chocolate. You are buying a better future for cocoa farmers and supporting local industry and manufacturing in Wellington. Pick up a delicious guilt free bar next time you walk past Eva Street or at selected New World supermarkets. They are also lovely people x
3. Go to unity books and get a copy of how to change the world by John Paul Fulham from The School of Life series
I love Alain de Botton's School of Life series. It is based on the idea of making psychology and philosophy accessible to everyday people and helping us live a more philosophical life.
“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.” ―Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor
This book tells you about practical ways you can change the world. From growing veggies and sharing them with people in your community to starting a movement, the author reminds us that we too can make a difference in small ways, by turning our mind to the question "what kind of world do you want to live in?"
We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels that we lack the ability or influence to make a difference. John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the actions of individuals who understood that if they didn’t like something, they could change it. Combining fresh new insights from history, politics and modern culture, this book will equip you with the courage to overcome inertia and indifference, and inspire you to take that difficult first step towards change.
Unity books stocks a range of books by De Botton (or in this case edited by him) in the Philosophy section of the book shop. I love Unity because I can come in at lunch and pick up something and then I can come back to it another day without buying. It may be more expensive,but I love bookshops and unless we support them they will disappear all together. We are all the poorer for it. I wrote about how sad it was when Parsons closed here. Buy a books from Unity and learn how to change the world.