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I’ve been with Bellyful Tauranga since 2016. My husband and I moved back to Tauranga when my daughter was 9 months old and I felt it was the perfect time to look into doing something for myself that I could enjoy outside of being a mother. I loved the practical nature of Bellyful and felt as a new mother that Bellyful provided a great service and support in a time of change that a new baby brings.
I’ve been in various roles in the branch, having started off attending the cookathons and soon after taking over the Recipient Coordinator role which I was in for 3 years. I am excited to be in the co-branch coordinator role with Maria. Our Tauranga branch is one of the busiest branches around New Zealand and I would love to see our branch grow even more and for a greater number of Tauranga families to benefit from a Bellyful delivery.
Outside of Bellyful, I juggle my two children as well as working as a mortgage adviser. I also love cooking, drinking coffee and have recently taken up golf.
I have been with Bellyful Tauranga since mid-2019 – I moved to Tauranga late 2017 with my husband and two young children for a lifestyle change. As we had no friends or family living locally, I wanted to connect and meet new people so I was very keen to volunteer, which also allowed me quality time with my young family. I then discovered Bellyful and as I read about their service – I knew instantly that I had to get involved.
The concept of Bellyful really spoke to me – I struggled after having my eldest daughter and then had no idea Bellyful existed, I sure wish I did! I’m so glad I can play a small part in helping new and existing mothers in those early sometimes trialling weeks and months.
I have had an assortment of roles within our Tauranga branch – from starting with promoting our annual movie fundraiser, to meeting with and reference checking new volunteers, plus assisting where I could with our monthly Cookathons. I have also been the branch’s Recipient Coordinator and managing the Bellyful Tauranga Facebook page.
My two young children keep me busy when I’m not organising delivery drivers or Facebook posts – I love spending time at the beach (one of the main attractions to move down to the beautiful Bay!), and you should know I have one heck of a sweet tooth (ask me for my crunch slice recipe – it’s a favourite!).
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