As the Christmas season in New Zealand was coming into full swing, employees at Fonterra’s manufacturing sites were dedicated to delivering dairy goodness to tables across the globe.
The Darfield Maintenance & Hapori Programme teams with the Christmas food boxes packed and ready to be delivered.
Last year - after the COVID-19 lockdown lifted, Tim Toulson, Fonterra Darfield Mechanical Team Lead, and the Maintenance Team were met with great appreciation when they delivered food boxes to elderly people living alone in Darfield. So, they decided to do it again for Christmas.
“We knew a lot of people were doing it tough out there during COVID so, I really wanted to encourage the team to start thinking about others, and what they could do to help them,” said Tim.
“The feedback from the community was amazing. There was a heap of posts on the local Facebook page, and we even received thank you letters from the those we helped. And we thought Christmas would be the perfect time to start that initiative up again.”
In the lead up to Christmas, around 25 employees from the maintenance team packed 60 food boxes – with items for an early Christmas meal, as well as some extra non-perishable food items.
After packing the boxes, the team went out in the community to distribute it themselves and connect with those elderly people.
Ronel Beukes, who leads the Fonterra regional Hapori programme for Canterbury, said that after COVID there was a real appetite from the team at the Darfield site to be personally involved in community work and events. And as 2022 started to come to an end, the food parcels weren’t the only thing the staff participated in.
Jason Boyce (Fonterra Darfield Maintenance Manager), Donald Beaton (Fonterra Darfield Electrical Team Lead) & Tim Toulson (Fonterra Darfield Mechanical Team Lead) packing food boxes.
Throughout December the Darfield Hapori team, alongside the Darfield Transport team, organised an educational Milk Tanker Roadshow to connect with schools in the region. They visited seven schools, where the Tanker Operator (driver) shared what they do on a daily basis.