Source: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
What a year 2020 has been! The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on the Bay of Plenty community and what better way to give back than to dedicate the Toi Ohomai Community Day 2020 to those hit hardest during the pandemic.
The inaugural Toi Ohomai Community Day took place on Thursday, 22 October, and was a great opportunity for staff to get out in the community and contribute their time to organisations or services to those in need.
The purpose was to show our appreciation, help out others, donate our time, and share the Toi Ohomai values our staff strive to uphold.
Teams from across the organisation went out and about into their various communities to give back to people and organisations who have been hit the hardest.
Teams helped pack food parcels, cooked BBQs, provide morning tea, helped with maintenance at various organisations and tried to put a smile on the faces of those essential workers.
It wasn’t just Toi Ohomai staff taking part in Community Day, many students joined the kaupapa.
The Level 4 Baking students from the Mokoia Campus, made and delivered more than 260 assorted Danishes to thank essential workers at Rotorua Fire Station, Rotorua Police Station, Western Heights Primary School and Kidzworld Childcare Centre.
The Tourism and Hospitality team helped with a trail maintenance ‘Working Bee’ of the Tikitapu Loop trail, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua.
Toi Ohomai tourism students and tutors worked together to ensure this 5.5km loop trail was looking sharp.
A team went to Rotorua tourism attraction Hells Gate to help them prepare for their reopening after they shut their doors during the first Level 4 lockdown.
Hundreds of native plants were planted, gardens mulched and weeded, lawns mowed, windows cleaned and shelves were stacked.
In Tauranga the finance team leant to helping hand to Riding for the Disabled and helped with ground maintenance, and the carpentry team moved shade houses at Good Neighbour.
Work is still continuing with staff organising donations and fundraising for charities in need.
The activity has demonstrated Toi Ohomai values in action.