Maru Energy Trust’s 2023 winter pyjama project was a resounding success with 900 pairs of new winter pyjamas gifted to King Country communities.
Trust chair Brian Hanna said: “Being only the second year of this appeal, we were thrilled to nearly double the number of pyjamas donated.”
“From the feedback received we know our Kahumoe Kaupapa – PJ Project is certainly making a very real difference for people.”
Hanna said the project is a good fit with Maru’s work of insulating and heating homes in The Lines Company’s network region.
“It ticks all the boxes for our trust – keeping people warm, improving health and helping them to manage a little more as living costs rise.”
“This year the trust was fortunate to receive several very generous donations which allowed us to purchase such a large number of pyjamas.
“The support from community organisations acting as collection points or helping to deliver pyjamas is a vital part of the appeal. One such organisation that has backed Maru in this appeal since it began, and in its work in general, is Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust and we are grateful to them for their ongoing support.”
Manager Jo Meads was also thrilled with the result.
“There are many great organisations doing good in our communities. It is always a challenge to raise funds, so we really appreciate people’s kindness and generosity.”
She said there was increased demand this year for adults’ pyjamas.
Blankets and dressing gowns were also donated by Te Nehenehenui.
“Te Nehenehenui’s donation was very generous, and a perfect addition for this appeal. I hope we can continue to work together in the future,” said Meads.
“Thanks to everyone who helped Maru gift a good night’s sleep to our communities.”
Pyjamas were distributed by local organisations including Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust, Te Kūiti Community House, Ōtorohanga Support House, Waitomo-Waipā Women’s Refuge, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato, Mangakino Health Centre, Kokiri Community Trust (Taumarunui) and Maniapoto Whānau Ora (Te Kūiti).