Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
It was a stormy day for us in Timaru on 21 July 2017. Heavy downpour and strong wind would be hitting the South Canterbury and surrounding regions.
Despite the stormy forecast, we opened Food Haven as we considered we have to serve those who are working in nearby offices.
The blaring of sirens prompted me to monitor the news and was surprised to learn of flooding in low lying areas of Timaru.
Reading the advisory that Timaru had been placed in a state of emergency and employees were requested to go home early, we decided to call it a day.
Just as we were about to leave, my wife got a call from Shannon.
She asked are we still open because water had leaked through her kitchen and she can’t cook tea.
My wife replied that we have closed earlier than usual because of the storm and told her that we’re happy to bring her some food.
Later at home, we were surprised, happy, and humbled reading Shannon’s shout out on Facebook.
We were aware that throughout the day, the Civil Defence, St. John’s and many volunteer agencies had their hands busy responding to emergency calls and monitoring the situation around the region.
We thought that helping somebody that calamitous day is our way of expressing and participating in the strong community spirit of Timaru.
The following day, as my wife opened the front door of Food Haven, she was surprised to see our sign board.
That signage is hanged along the sidewalk of the main street, about 30 metres off our shop.
With one metal hook loosened, I surmised that the sign was left hanging and swinging but a kind-hearted person(s) had taken it off and brought it to our door that stormy Friday night.
Whoever you are, our gratitude and appreciation for taking it off and placing it on our door’s front.
Now, it’s our turn to shout out to all community heroes “Mabuhay ang Bayanihan sa Timaru!”
Long live Community Spirit Timaru!