Episode 2: Waka of CaringCulture, Health, New Zealand|2021|10:25|M
This is an unlikely love story that shows how people’s lives can be transformed by the power of a community that cares. Debbie has set up an amazing drop in centre in South Auckland. On visiting, Six is amazed at the scale of her operation – feeding, clothing and providing comfort for hundreds of people seven days a week - and all for free. And the need is huge… “you can see the families walking in and you can just see the kids starving” says Debbie. Everything is given away, relying on donations from local families and businesses. Even the premises are funded by an anonymous donor. And working in the kitchen is Troy… “I never had a chance to cook and now I am cooking for others which is so cool”. Troy’s story is truly inspirational. Orphaned at 12 he spent the next 20 years living on the streets. His family became other streeties and the prostitutes who helped him survive. As Six and Troy revisit the doorways and alleyways that were once his home an incredible tale unfolds. We hear how a chance meeting with Debbie transformed his life – getting him off drugs and helping him find love.