Shopping, Tea and Companionship
Media Release March 2013
Shopping, Tea and
Not everyone can get to their local
shopping centre alone. Errands many of us take for granted
such as visiting the post office or selecting a birthday
present for a loved one, aren’t so simple for some.
Manukau East Council of Social Services is working with
Botany Town Centre to provide a shopping shuttle to and from
the centre for locals in need of a helping hand.
seventh year, the service shuttles shoppers to and from the
centre, and if necessary, organises a companion or helper
during the trip.
Organiser Maureen McKechnie says the
service is not just for the elderly and extends to anyone in
need of the extra help. The only requirement is that
shoppers can get on and off the shuttle by themselves.
“We are most impressed with Botany Town Centre who
provides us with walkers, mobility scooters and wheelchairs
to assist shoppers. This service is invaluable to many who
cannot usually leave home alone,” she says.
Coffee, The Coffee Club and Starbucks at Botany Town Centre
provide shoppers who use the service with a free tea or
coffee during their visit. Running every second Thursday,
for the duration of the year, shoppers need to book Monday
prior by ringing 0800 632 677. Those who use the service are
asked to contribute a $5 donation.
Botany Town Centre
senior marketing manager Desiree Clark says the initiative
has proved invaluable for many shoppers.
“We love seeing
locals using the service regularly. It’s great to see the
community taking advantage of this initiative,” she says.
“The retailers have really come on board and helped with
the support of the service,
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