Where’s there a Will, there’s a way. Helping out in the Hokianga.
Will Noa is the Alsco Account Manager looking after all of Northland.
He is a local, based in Whangarei, loves his community, and has been inspired by the Alsco Ambassadorial Gifting Program.
Will spotted an opportunity to help Marae by donating much needed First Aid supplies for his North Hokianga Whanau.
Unsure of how to go about organising this, Will enlisted the help of his Aunty, Pat Dargaville, who works for Hauora Hokianga, based in Rawene Hospital. In Will’s words “Aunty Pat has contacts with many Marae across Hokianga so was the perfect person to help me organise deliveries, and get me in touch with those that could meet me on the day”. He also worked closely with Alsco's own Aunty Pat, Alsco Ambassador Pat Munro, to nail down the best supplies to put in the First Aid packs for the Marae.
Not everything goes to plan though. The Alsco van Will intended to use on the designated delivery day developed turbo issues. No problems, Will rearranged his plans in order to distribute the donated supplies in his Alsco hatchback, as well as drop a linen order into Kaikohe on his way up north. As the boxes and linen would not fit in his little car, he repacked everything into our synonymous Alsco laundry bags for the Marae handovers.
Will reports that all recipients were blown away with Alsco’s kindness and generosity. There was a real need for First Aid supplies as most Marae had little to none on hand. And what a day it was for Will, check out how busy he was, and who he caught up with;
• Ngati Manawa Marae – Pangaru, Buster Peita
• Waipuna Marae – Pangaru, Fred Dargaville
• Waihou Marae - Aleesha Ngaropo
• Waiparera Marae – Rangi Point, John Smart
• Matihetihe Marae – Chris Dixon
• Motuti Marae - Emma Davis
• Tauteihiihi Marae – KohuKohu, Devan Harris
• Pikiparia Marae – Kohukohu, Tup Harris
• Motukaraka Marae - Midge Hoani Toia
• Pa te Aroha Marae – Te Karae – Pat Dargaville
• Waima Marae - Derek Toia
• Taheke Marae - Angel Harris
• Horeke Marae - Lloyd Latimer
Pawarenga kits couldn’t be delivered due to Tangihana so these were left with his Aunty Pat to drop off on the following weekend;
• Morehu Marae - Pawarenga
• Ohaki Marae – Pawarenga
• Taiao Marae – Pawarenga
And he didn’t stop there, Will has also organised small First Aid kits for;
• Hokianga Women’s Rugby Team
• Hokianga Black Ferns Kotiro
• Hokianga Iron Maori Teams
Will reports “Nga mihi tino nui kia koutou” from all Marae and sports teams that received supplies.
Good stuff Will, you are our local legend. It is one of the pillars of Alsco to be an active supporter of our local communities, helping a wide range of not-for-profit, charitable, and sporting organisations and initiatives. We are proud of people like you that make it happen.