TOOT 4 TUCKER all systems go
Covid19 might have rained on Balclutha’s Christmas Parade and the Christmas Market this year, but the annual TOOT 4 TUCKER community food collection in Balclutha and Stirling is still full steam ahead.
The confirmed date for the collection is Thursday, December 2 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Usually, the collection is organised by the Salvation Army, but they are unable to do it this year, so Clutha District Council community support and development adviser Jean Proctor and the Christmas Parade group stepped in.
Mrs Proctor said with foodbanks generally under severe pressure and struggling to meet community demand, the Toot 4 Tucker collection could not be more timely.
TOOT 4 TUCKER is supported on the night by police, fire and ambulance services who drive around the streets and use their sirens to let people know it is happening. Runners follow to collect food items that residents bring out and leave at their gateways.
Mrs Proctor said while it was a relief to be able to still do the collection when the Christmas Parade and Market had to be cancelled, more volunteers were needed to act as runners in support of the Balclutha Lions and Scouts, who have already volunteered members.
She has approached council staff to act as runners, and hopes other employers make a similar appeal to ensure the collection’s success.
“As well as asking people to give up two hours of their time on the night, I’m also hoping that some of those people can provide a vehicle and trailer to collect food in and drop them to the foodbank once the collection is complete.”
Contact: Clutha District Council community support and development adviser Jean Proctor Ph 0800 801 350 or 027 318 5555.