Since 1977, Titahi Bay Lions Club in association with
Hastings Host Lions Club has
Hawke's Bay a large quantity of Citrus fruit.
This arrives in bulk, and with the help of Whitford Brown Community Trust,
Lions members, friends and families, and even
local clubs and groups that received help previously from Titahi Bay Lions, the
citrus fruit is packaged and delivered to elderly people, churches, community groups, and schools of Titahi Bay and Porirua.
This project was conceived in the first year of the clubs Charter and has continued ever since. It has proved to be a very popular and rewarding project.
Thanks must go to the Orchards
of Hastings who donate the fruit, and the members of Hastings Host
who brave the elements to pick the Grapefruit and Lemons.
also goes to those others who assist
the Citrus Fruit project to
Turners and Growers
who have so generously brought the fruit down, for allowing us the
use of their bins in which to hold the fruit, for allowing us to use
their premises as a delivery and collection point, and for loading
the bins in our truck for delivery to Whitford Brown Community
Whitford Brown Community Trust for providing a storing area
for bins, assisting in the bagging of grapefruit and lemons, and
storage of the forklift.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
This project began when a member of Titahi Bay Lions Club, Alf Mexted, was visiting Hastings and saw all the citrus fruit fallen from the trees and wasting on the ground.
Alf, with the help of one of Hastings Host Lions members filled the boot of his car with a few bags to take back home.
The outcome was that so many were grateful for a few grapefruit or lemons that some of Hastings Host members, including Jack French, started an annual collection over two or three weeks and the fruit was transported to Titahi Bay by another of Hastings Host member, Len Sowman.
In 1999 Jack travelled overseas so a new system was born, collecting the fruit in one day
and as we have done since then.
From 2014, there was a bit of a
change in how the delivery
was made to Titahi Bay. Unfortunately, Cooltrain had gone into
receivership so with many thanks, the transport and also supply of
the bins from Hastings to Grenada North was done by Turners and
Turners and Growers supplied
bins from 2014. It was CHEP since 2011
who provided large bins for the fruit
to be picked and collected. Previous to CHEP,
the supply of bins
was undertaken by Weck-Pack.
From 2009 to 2013, delivery was to MG Marketing
kindly by Cooltrain.
to Cooltrain the fruit was delivered
by Mainfreight to MG
From 2014, the fruit
Turners and Growers
Hastings branch to their own Grenada
North branch for
Titahi Bay Lions.
Thanks to Turners and
Growers in keeping this Lions project running between the Hastings
Host and Titahi Bay clubs.
Ever since the
dawn of this project, the
collected by Titahi Bay Lions
taken to Whitford
Brown Community Trust for
bagging and delivery.
Dependant on the timing of arrival, the fruit is then bagged by
a combination of Lions
members, family and friends of
Titahi Bay Lions,
local clubs and groups, and then delivered
to rest homes, churches, community groups, and schools free of charge.
Obviously there is the need to find the trees with fruit each year
and estimate how much will be picked to fill bins. A tremendous job
from the Lions Club of Hastings Host.
Well done to everyone for the
conclusion of another great Lions project!!!
Recipe for grapefruit marmalade
should make 10x 350ml jars.
3.5 Litres of water
Sugar (or Splenda if you have diabetes)
overnight with water
Next day, boil for 45 minutes or until fruit
is soft and pulpy
Measure pulp in cups and return to pan
Bring to boil
For each cup of pulp, add 1 cup of sugar (or use Splenda if you
Boil briskly, stirring occasionally until the setting point has
Pour into sterile jars
Ingredients should be 10x 350ml jars
If for some reason the
jam does not set, get some 'Jam-Set' from the Supermarket and reboil
the jam. This does work.
Welcome to your Titahi Bay Lions Citrus Fruit delivery.
Whilst it is very important to eat fruit and do your best to maintain a balanced diet, ask yourself this question.
Should I have grapefruit if I take medication?
It is advisable for patients to avoid drinking grapefruit juice if they are taking any particular medications.
You should consult your doctor to find out if your medications mix when taking grapefruit juice, especially for those with heart conditions.