Aspire2 Trades tutor Tamati Wikaira has spent the last six weeks with members of his painting class at Kaleidocare’s new premises. Armed with paint and paintbrushes, Tamati has put his team through their paces at Kaleidocare’s new premises in Pukekohe. Using their new skills, the Aspire2 Trades class have prepped and painted the space which will be used for Kaleidocare’s community services for Youth with Disabilities including after school care, school holiday programmes and day programmes for young adults.

At Aspire2 Trades we are committed to getting our students work-ready so the opportunity to work with Kaleidocare was a great opportunity.

“We feel very privileged to be able to work off-campus and focus on some real-world training, painting for Karen, Rebecca and Mareet at Kaleidocare” said Tamati. Project manager Mareet said “it looks incredible. Tamati and his team have delivered a stellar job which we are extremely grateful for.” 

The makeover was made possible with the support of Tony Smith (Director of A1 Homes South Auckland) and Andrew Thorn (Director of Redline Electrical and Security) who decided to start fundraising with the Burpee Mile Challenge. They created a Facebook page seeking nominations of worthy recipients of any funding that was raised over the course of the Challenge. Kaleidocare was one of the organisations nominated, and eventually chosen, as the recipient.

The local Franklin/South Auckland community were extremely supportive – so much so, that the Burpee Mile, which started with just two participants, grew to have over 40 people taking part. To date, over $20,000 in financial and product donations have been made to help towards the makeover.

You can read more about Kaleidocare here – or to find out more about the Burpee Mile journey checkout their Facebook Page.