Introducing Kevin & Christine
Kevin and Christine are the founders of Graceway Charitable Trust. They were married in 2017 and wanted to start a new business to support their new life together. They were looking for a lifestyle, not just a job. Their heart is to help people, especially those who are finding life a bit of a struggle. Therefore the big question was, how do they make this a part of their lifestyle.
Christine comes from the corporate world of hotel management. She has been qualified in catering, sales, training, and lastly general manager of hotels throughout her career, working all around the glob. She was also a volunteer for Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) International (Doctors Without Boarders) in Afghanistan. She became a NZ citizen in 2001.
Kevin has been self-employed most of his life. He managed, then owned and operated Gisborne’s first One Hour Photo-lab in the 80’s and 90’s. He’s been a salesperson, car salesperson, professional photographer, and a Christian Evangelist for most of his career. He founded Reach NZ Evangelism Network in 2008.
The question was, ‘how could they utilize the skills they have learnt over the years into a lifestyle of helping people?’
They noticed, everywhere they went, they were always hand in hand, with a heart to give others a hand up in life. This was where the idea for Handinhand Café on the Go and Graceway was birthed. Handinhand was created to help raise funds by selling food to support Graceway Charitable Trust, who’s mission is to give kindness, food and clothing to those in need of a hand up.