Major Kiwi property developer steps up to support a creative charitable project to help poor Fijian kids

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 2:59 pm in
It has been styled as Auckland’s  version of Geldoff and Bono’s War on Poverty—“Performers4Poverty” — attracting the support of prominent local property personality and major Kiwi developer, Timothy Manning, to ensure that the gifts of clothing, medical supplies, shoes, books, sporting equipment, toys and stationery, raised from 13 free concerts at local primary schools, get to the really needy in Fiji.

Tim Manning has been involved with developments in the Pacific island group for a number of years and said he was touched by the efforts of a Blockhouse Bay single mother and impresario, Annie Hensley, to do something meaningful for poor Fijian kids over the Christmas and New Year period.

Fiji Kids

Comedians, magicians, clowns, dancers and performers attached to Ms Hensley’s Purple Productions company offered up their time for the cause and their ‘superb and generous enthusiasm’ is creditied with the mountain of goods – nearly four tons worth in more than 500 containers — the local kids brought in response.

Ms Hensley said she had been so moved by the needs of young Fijians in remote villages during a visit to the islands in the middle of 2006 that she resolved to do something about it. When she described her moving exeperience and impressions to her colleagues, they offered their support.

Mr Manning picked up the tab for Annie Hensby and Kavai Velavela to go over to Fiji to take charge and be on hand there to ensure all the gifts were transported and distributed correctly  to those it was intended for.  The Takapuna-based Developer also covered all Annie & Kavai’s costs once over in Fiji, such as truck hire, accommodation, meals, transport etc.

“I believe, based on the efforts and enthusiasm I have seen from Annie and Kavai, this cause will be ongoing and become a really worthwhile charity,” said TT Manning. “I have offered them my guidance and support for the foreseeable future to help those truly needy kids. Fiji and its people are very close to my heart.”

See also: Developer Tim Manning helps fund aid to Fiji’s poor – NZ Herald Article Jan 30 2007
See also: NZ Developer Provides Fijian Poverty Relief – April 16 2007