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Soup Kitchen scoops up supreme community award

Long-running community care providers Compassion Soup Kitchen were honoured last night as Supreme Winner at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, for their commitment to helping vulnerable people.

Compassion Soup Kitchen has been operating in Wellington since 1899. Based in Haining Street, it provides breakfast and dinner to those in need, alongside access to computers, gardening, fishing and other purposeful activities that help create connection to the community.

Presenting the award for Supreme Winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last night, Mayor Justin Lester acclaimed Compassion Soup Kitchen and its volunteers as essential to the city.

“For more than 100 years Compassion Soup Kitchen has been supporting people to live with dignity in the community. This amazing group of people engage with some of our most vulnerable residents and give them a warm meal and a safe place to be.

They embody the best of the volunteer ethos and I am pleased we can recognise and shine a light on their efforts. Without volunteers, Wellington and New Zealand would be much poorer places.”

Compassion Soup Kitchen will represent Wellington City at the regional awards later this year. The regional award winner will go on to the national Trustpower Awards in early 2019.

The annual Community Awards celebrate volunteering and the contribution made by hundreds of people every year in and around Wellington – recognising those who are making a difference in our communities across the arts, heritage, and environment.

The 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards were held in conjunction with the inaugural Wellington City Council Accessibility Awards.

The full list of Community Awards winners are:

Art and Culture: The Performance Arcade
Education and Child Youth Development: Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Health and Well-being: Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen
Heritage and Environment: Ghost Fishing
Sports and Leisure: Coastguard Wellington
Rising Star: Quick Kai
Supreme Winner: Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen