Brad Norris assembled care packages before distributing them to homeless people in the city. Brad, left, with a helper called Pete, far right, and two of the people he met living on the street.
Brad Norris of Stanmore Bay says it proved easy to find homeless people in central Auckland on a Saturday morning.
The 2018 Survivor NZ contestant (HM May 2, 2018) was there, on May 25, to hand out care packages that he funded by selling momentos from the TV show.
When Brad was voted out of the show, he had the ‘hidden immunity idol’ in his pocket. He auctioned it and other Survivor NZ memorabilia, raising more than $1200.
Brad, a PE and Health teacher at Orewa College, says he donated some of the money to charities such as Movember and the Auckland City Mission. He used the last $600 to make up 25 hygiene/care packages for people living on the street.
He started at Aotea Square, where he met Pete and Jim who helped him distribute the packages. Brad says it was a rewarding experience.
“At first I was out of my comfort zone, but it soon felt so simple and right that I didn’t want it to end,” Brad says. “I am so grateful to have met these people who are no different to you and I. They all have a story and were happy to share insights into their lives, full of ups and downs. I provided a few necessities and an opportunity to bring about a smile and a conversation that has had a lasting impact on me. It’s so easy to do nothing, say nothing, give nothing. But it’s also easy to do a little something and to do so makes us all richer.”