If you are a regular at The Taste, you must be familiar with our spring roll promotion - with one purchase of our delicious homemade spring rolls, we donate one dollar to The Wilson Home Trust. Since December 2017, The Taste has been a proud supporter of The Wilson Home Trust, joining the movement to provide children with disabilities a better future. We recently spoke to Carol White, the trust manager for The Wilson Home Trust about our collaboration, what makes a good ethic business, and other wonderful things The Wilson Home Trust has been doing.
The Taste: Hi Carol, it has been a great pleasure working with the Wilson Home Trust, would you consider the collaboration with The Taste a success? Has our collaboration helped The Wilson Home Trust in any way?
Carol: The Wilson Home Trust is thrilled with the success of the promotional fundraising The Taste has been running since late last year. Over our 82 year history, the Trust and its historical site on Lake Road have been utilized and enjoyed by many in both the local Takapuna Devonport community and beyond. Over our history the Trust has received support from numerous individuals, organisations and businesses locally to help support the work we do and ensure our sustainability to date and beyond. Our collaboration with The Taste is another great example of these ongoing relationships in our community and this relationship is particularly special in that The Taste team has been supporting the Trust via this campaign over several months, and continue to do so in the coming months.
The Taste: Would you like to tell us what are the other wonderful things The Wilson Home Trust has been working on?
Carol: This month we have expanded our school holiday programmes to include a programme in South Auckland. Registration numbers have been much higher this time around and the children who have attended to date, have given very positive feedback. We hope to be able to offer a programme in West Auckland as well in the next holiday break.
Last month we launched our new website, which is much more user friendly and informative. You can also apply for grants and register for holiday programmes and other activities via the new website so we are encouraging everyone to check the website regularly www.wilsonhometrust.org.nz. And watch this space for a concert event we are looking to hold onsite in mid September. More details will be on our website and facebook pages in the next few weeks.
The Taste: What inspired you to become part of the Wilson Home Trust team?
Carol: The generosity and legacy of the Wilson family who gifted their home and land for the benefit of others, was a key reason for me joining the team. Being able to continue the Wilson family legacy and look at ways the Trust can help more families in our Trust deed area.
I also wanted to use my skills, expertise and energy to make a difference in people’s lives, in particular people who need support and resources to help manage huge challenges life has thrown at them.
The Taste: From a personal point of view, what do you think is the best way to give back to the community? What do you think an ethical business could do to make a difference?
Carol: One of the most precious commodities we all struggle with is time and trying to fit in everything into a 24 hour day. So in terms of giving back to communities, spending time with people (either elderly, sick, disabled, new migrants, etc) would be something of value.
Another areas where business can give back to the community is to offer their resources to others at no cost – this could be sending specialist staff ie IT people to small businesses to help with IT issues, or sending skilled tradespeople to help with repairs and maintenance.
Despite being a small business, we try to give back to the community as much as we can in any way possible, and we want to convey the idea through our passion for food. The story of Wilson Home Trust inspires us to continue doing more good for our customers and the community, and the success of our campaign couldn't be made possible without the support from our dear customers. Find out more about the Wilson Home Trust at www.wilsonhometrust.org.nz. Order our finger-licking good spring rolls to be part of the Buy One - Give One campaign on Uber Eats or visit our store at 3/67 Lake Rd, Devonport.