Angels Trio open new café, LoveChi in Nelson

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu congratulate LoveChi Café and Catering on their opening in Nelson today. LoVeChi Limited are the founders of the Angels Trio Charity, a Whānau Ora initiative created to care for struggling whānau in their community. Their new café is situated at 87a Vanguard Street in Nelson. 

Owners, sole parents,  Lovey, Vera and Chanel are passionate about responding to the needs of the most vulnerable members of their community, to ensure whānau have access to healthy, affordable nutritious kai.

Their children all attended school together and they all had the same conversation “Mum, a lot of our friends don’t bring lunch to school”.  This set them off on a journey where they first started selling sausages to fundraise to make extra school lunches and drop them off at the school for their children’s friends.  

Together the three wahine started a charity to cook up kai for community dinners on Sundays and make sure no one went hungry at Christmas. Working in collaboration with a Whanau Ora Navigator at Whakatu marae Angels Trio have been able to support whānau who are going through tough times in a way that makes a real impact, without judgement, without question. Their commitment was to provide hope and make sure tamariki were going to schools with kai in their puku and ready to learn.

They have also established a ‘text a lunch’ service in schools for whānau in need. They deliver between 60-100 lunches across eight Nelson schools twice a week and have created their own catering service – providing for many iwi and community agencies in order to help sustain their charity work.

“It has been absolutely inspirational to watch Lovey, Vera and Chanel along with their tamariki, make such an impact in the Nelson community,” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi, Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu – (Whānau Ora Commissioning  Agency for the South Island).

“Angels Trio have worked tirelessly to make a difference. We’ve seen them go from a sausage sizzle to establishing a limited liability catering business to support their social impact initiative. They have provided catering services for community organisations who want to support their work with vulnerable whānau and have grown a trusted reputation among the community members they work with”. 

“We’re proud to support LoveChi Café and Catering as they continue to grow. They have received the respect and ownership at a local level and have provided tools and strategies to support effective whānau led change,” says Ms Leahy.   “In essence they are ambassadors of the Whānau Ora approach – whānau doing it for themselves driven by their hopes for a stronger, happier, more fulfilling future.

LoveChi is a testimony to three women who saw a need and utilised their own strengths. They are true change makers and we encourage everyone in the Nelson community to get behind them on their journey and help grow this inspiring kaupapa.

If you live in Whakatu, head along to the grand opening of LoVeChi Café and Catering on today and show your support and tautoko for the Angels Trio kaupapa

12pm Blessing/Karakia
12.15pm Kōrero from Angels trio
Kai for sale from 12.30pm-3:30pm
Nau mai haere mai!
For more information go to wwwAngels Trio.co.nz

Follow this link to our digital story on Angel’s Trio https://vimeo.com/229675977

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