This time last year, CRC lost much-loved team member Jamie Hack, who died suddenly on April 27th 2020. Jamie’s role was high-risk support worker, and he approached his work with drive and commitment during his five years at CRC.
In a fitting tribute to Jamie’s work and acknowledgement for his passion for supporting the wider community, the CRC team delivers food packages and fresh vegetables to the Kaumātua at the Tuahiwi marae near Kaiapoi in Canterbury. Jamie wished to support the people of the marae, and CRC is proud to be able to continue this contribution in Jamie’s honour.
“Jamie is sorely missed, and we feel strongly that we want to continue his legacy of giving back,” says CRC General Manager Annie McNicol.
The vegetables are grown as part of CRC’s ITO course for residents. The participants manage vegetable gardens and learn to grow delicious fresh produce which is then donated to local community organisations. Residents learn to cultivate the garden beds, prepare seeds, germinate and care for the plants right through to harvest.
It was Jamie who put the wheels in motion to start growing Peruperu native potatoes in the CRC gardens. A year and a half later, the hearty Peruperu has been harvested and donated to Kaumātua, realising Jamie’s vision and continuing the work that was so important to him.
“This our memorial to Jamie, to keep providing fresh food, grown by our residents, to the people of Tuahiwi marae,” says Annie McNicoll.