Belmont residents Ken and Ann Ashby were pleased to receive a helping hand from members of City Impact Church on Saturday.
Mr and Mrs Ashby, aged 82 and 68, are the primary carers for their twelve-year-old grandson, Joshua, who has cerebral palsy. For Mrs Ashby, this means a gruelling daily routine of bathing, dressing and feeding Joshua, administering his medication and turning him every two to three hours at night.
“That doesn't leave much time or energy for getting things done around the place,” admits Mrs Ashby.
The team of eight men and women from City Impact Church cleared weeds, scrubbed walls and cleaned windows, leaving the couple's property transformed.
The family was referred to City Impact by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, one of the many organisations the church is working with in order to help make a difference in the community.
“It is so humbling to see the sacrifice this couple makes on a daily basis,” says Mary-Kath (City Impact Church Community Co-ordinator). “The least we can do is come and help them out for a morning.”
The initiative was part of a wider 'Community Project Day' organised by City Impact Church that saw over 400 volunteers spread out across the North Shore and Rodney to carry out painting, gardening and other maintenance work at the homes of people in need. The church also put on a Family Fun Day at Browns Bay beach with bouncy castles, face painting and a complimentary sausage sizzle.
The Community Project Day was the first of four that City Impact plans to run in 2010.