Deedee Bancroft and Dave Wickens
"I guess being stuck at home with my loved ones while so many people were struggling or weren’t locked down in a place they felt safe, made me realise how lucky we are and really put into perspective why I want to keep helping people outside of my home."
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Dave and I have both always helped others because it’s the way we were raised. My grandparents instilled the values of helping others in me, and Dave’s grandad and dad were both very involved in the community. We may have grown up in different areas, but we’ve both been raised with the same philosophies.
My grandad helped set up Maata Waka, the Maori Social Service provider for whanau living in Marlborough and my nanny helped establish Te Kohanga Reo o Nga Puawai, the not for profit, whanau led, child care centre that focuses on Te reo Maori me ona tikanga. So now they are no longer around, I want to continue their work and keep helping raise the people of Marlborough up.
I’m also on the Redwoodtown School Board of Trustees and parents group, the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project and helping the Kaikōura Labour Party candidate Matt Flight gear up before the election.
Dave plays an integral part in all this providing heavy lifting and general handyman skills. He also plays an active role with the kids (Gracie and Jack) at school, attending camps and coaching sports teams as well as helping our friends and neighbours.
Lockdown was great for us and our kids. In fact, during lockdown it became very clear to me that helping others is my life’s purpose.
I guess being stuck at home with my loved ones while so many people were struggling or weren’t locked down in a place they felt safe, made me realise how lucky we are and really put into perspective why I want to keep helping people outside of my home.
Helping others doesn’t have to take lots of time and energy or money. It’s small things, like if Dave sees someone has left their lights on in their car, he’ll wait for them to get back and be there with jumper leads just in case.
Not everyone feels comfortable asking for help, so don’t wait for someone to ask, just offer - fold their washing or make them a cup of tea or have a chat. Small things can go a long way to helping someone feel happy and safe and loved.