on Jan 29, 19

$10,000 for healthier, happier kiwi kids!

Thousands of children across New Zealand will eat better and live healthier, thanks to to more than $10,000 of donations to Garden to Table though The Good Registry last month.

The Good Registry passed on more than $10,000 of donations to Garden to Table in the past month from a wedding registry, a Christmas registry and donations with Good Gift Cards.

That included the wedding of renowned chef and Culinary Mastermind at the Great Catering Company Sue Booth (nee Fleischl) and Michael Booth. Their guests collectively gave $10,375.00 to their Good Wedding Registry.

Sue Booth said they chose to ask for donations in lieu of wedding gifts to support the work Garden to Table does in schools around New Zealand — teaching children the benefits of gardening and cooking, for healthier lifestyles.

“We chose Garden to Table as we are keen supporters of such a worthy cause doing great things for our children in schools,” she said.

Natalie Edwards of Garden to Table said they felt very lucky and grateful to have been chosen by Sue and Michael — as well as many others who have supported them with registries and Good Gift Cards through The Good Registry.

Garden to Table works with primary-school-aged children across New Zealand, helping them discover a love for fresh food and skills that will last a lifetime. The programme includes gardening and meal preparation and is currently offered in 170 New Zealand Schools.

Natalie says their goal is to be in every New Zealand primary school — which would mean 10 million meals being grown, harvested, prepared and shared by kiwi kids each year.

“Imagine how this might transform the health and wellbeing of our young people!”

Funds raised through The Good Registry will help the trust support the nearly 10,000 children that currently take part in the programme nationwide.

“The Garden to Table team are incredibly grateful to The Good Registry and all the donors and supporters of events for their generous donations. These essential funds will be well used supporting our team to look after and resource Garden to Table schools all across New Zealand,” Natalie said.

“When an individual chooses a charity to support for their wedding or other event they are making a positive statement about their hopes and dreams for the future. We are honoured that some very special kiwis believe in what Garden to Table is all about and share our vision for a better future.

“Our programme gets kids’ hands dirty in the garden and kitchen with hands-on learning, and in doing so teaches valuable skills for life. Lessons incorporate all aspects of the curriculum and have a positive benefit on a child’s relationship with food, their health and the environment. In our fast-paced screen-filled lives we believe getting out in the garden or cooking a meal from scratch is the perfect antidote to our new technological way of living.”

Find out more about Garden to Table

You can find out more about Garden to Table at their website, or check out our recent photo essay, by Sarah Macdonald. Sarah Macdonald also pledged her own birthday to Garden to Table after seeing them in action for her photo essay, and you can read about the joy she got from raising more than $500 for them here.

About The Good Registry

The Good Registry is a social giving platform where anyone from small kids to big corporates can give the gift of giving with charitable donations instead of unwanted gifts.

The Good Registry isn’t anti-gifts — we’re just helping to make giving more simple, sustainable and kind.

We have created two simple ways to give through our website:

  • Create your own Good Gift Registry for a special event (e.g. a wedding, a child’s birthday, a milestone birthday) and ask friends to donate to a charity you choose, instead of buying gifts.
  • Give Good Gift Cards instead of traditional gifts, to enable others to make donations to charities they care about.

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