Graeme and Linda Roil began fostering in 2014 focusing mainly on the support of newborns and emergency and respite care for older children. They were deeply concerned with the level of support for both foster children and also their caregivers. They began engaging with the community for donations and providing carepacks to kids in need. This included children placed into foster care and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Originally run out of their home the project quickly took off and during 2017 donated goods took over their home. Linda aptly described it as a “happy” problem. Through a request for donations via Givealittle they set out to buy a container for storage. Through generous donations they raised enough money to allow a container to be purchased. This included support from ASB with Linda being chosen for their Good as Gold campaign.
Within six months donated goods filled up their container and their home. A Charitable Trust was established in early 2018 along with a governing Board. A decision was made by Graeme and Linda to build a large shed on the property for both storage and a place for the charity to work from. It was constructed in October 2018 and once again through generous community support it is now lined, fully insulated and adjoins a repurposed adventure playground for kids. Linda works fulltime as a volunteer for the charity. Graeme has supported strategy, fundraising and direction of the Trust with the support of the Trusts capable Governance. Graeme and Linda are still fostering. They set out to make a difference and they are.