Free health checks on offer at community care fair

Danielle Watson with some of the goods donated for her upcoming community care fair.

An event to be held in Ōrewa on August 26 will offer free health checks and advice, food, clothing, toys, hygiene products and household items to people in need in the community.

Organiser of the “community care fair”, Danielle Watson of Ōrewa, said this will be the biggest such event she is planning, after holding smaller ones at her home over the past four years.

Danielle has asked the Ministry of Health to bring along Bella, the large blow-up, walkthrough model of a bowel, used by Te Whatu Ora to help people learn what bowel cancer looks like and how to check for symptoms. 

Blind Low Vision will be offering free eyesight checks and hearing assessments will be available from audiology specialists Hear Again in Whangaparāoa.

“It’s going to be a big day. Nothing has a cost, and hopefully we can give people some help and redirect them to other help that’s available at no cost to them in the community,” she said.

“Our aim is to provide each family in our community with the support and resources they need no matter how high or low their household income is.”

Danielle, 20, gets no funding for her activities, but said she relies on sponsors – and sometimes “I put my own money into it.”

“I had a baby three years ago and that made me realise just how much support I didn’t know was out there, and the stuff that was out there maybe didn’t quite fit my needs.”

Among items donated for the upcoming event are car seats, prams, and high chairs. Danielle praised Northgate Baptist Church foodbank and Care for Families NZ in particular for their “huge help” in providing generous donations.

The community care fair will be held at St Chad’s Church in Centreway Road, Ōrewa on August 26, from 11am-2pm.

Info: contact Danielle, 022 395 7786 or