camaraderie in catering

September 13, 2014

I had a very enjoyable blast back to my past today. Where catering for Crown Forestry Rental Trust functions or on a marae was second nature. Where we had lots of laughs while makes piles and piles of sandwiches, cutting up fruit for platters, and making and heating up trays of savouries. Where the time always flew by and you were surrounded by friends.

Our Bridge Club is hosting the GNOT (Grand National Open Teams) zone finals. It’s a room full of very serious bridge players playing for two solid days. And having to concentrate for that long makes for very hungry players. So the tables are laden up with plates of yumminess and within five minutes, all that is left are crumbs and screwed up napkins. It’s like a wave of people come through, sweeping up everything in sight.

But it’s fun and because I enjoyed it so much, I am going back to help tomorrow.


chocolate in church

April 12, 2014

I confess it is not the first thought that pops into my head when thinking about chocolate, but the Cathedral next door to where I work is making a stand this Easter.

You see, because they are unable to source sufficient chocolates from certified slavery-free countries at a reasonable price, they will not be buying any Easter eggs. This means means no chocolate eggs for any parishioners or visitors on Easter Monday. I applaud their moral stand but I think it will take a lot more action before the big retailers buy into the same ethical standards.

It also begs the question – will we ever truly know where all our food comes from? Are those vegetables really organic and spray free? Were those chickens cage free? Did we pay those seasonal fruit pickers more than the minimum wage?

Too too many questions – never enough answers. But I suppose as long as each of us makes our ethical stand about something, then combined with everyone else it does make a difference.

a helping hand

January 25, 2014

Technology, which you and I take for granted, is a little more challenging for some. An elderly dear at the bridge club came to see me this morning asking for my help with her disability parking permit. Government department correspondence – need I say more? We managed to work out what they wanted and she went away happy.

Next a timid knock on the office door. “Do you think you could copy this for me?” “Go right ahead” was my response but she didn’t even know where to put the piece of paper – bless.

So two happy customers in one morning. And add to that my good Samaritan act of posting back a lost GoCard (train pass) last week that I found on the footpath. Hopefully some person breathed a sign of relief to have their travel money card returned to them untouched.

I love the way you can do things, even little things, that help other people. Being helpful doesn’t cost anything, but being able to put a genuine smile on someone’s face – well that’s real nice. ¬†Wouldn’t it be great if every person, every day, did one nice thing for a stranger …