What do you look forward to doing on a Friday or Saturday night? A social drink with friends? A night in front of TV? Or even just a night off from regular duties with an easy takeaway meal. Not so for one man. Every third or fourth weekend, at about 7pm on either a Friday or Saturday night, grandfather of 12 Max Brew packs a small bag with warm clothes and drives the 83km from his home in Morrinsville to Tauranga. He heads to the Get Smart building at the Historic Village to meet up with the other volunteers in his team – Carol, Jeanette, Duncan, Taro and Easter. Max and his team are one of seven groups who dedicate one night every third or fourth weekend to supporting the young people of Tauranga who might need help during the course of their night out. There’s never a fixed schedule – the team will help anyone who needs it, and their night only finishes when it looks like the evening’s revelries are coming to a close for most. That might be 2.15am, or it might be 5am if there’s a big event on in town like the One Love Festival in February. Only after that does the team head back to base, clean up the pastry flakes and spilt Milo from the back of the van, and finally head home to their own beds. For Max that means heading back over the Kaimais to Morrinsville, sometimes only getting his head on his own pillow as the sun comes up. It’s a trip he’s made regularly for the last 25 years, since he moved to Paeroa and then Morrinsville from Tauranga, where he and his wife had signed on as volunteers at the very start of the Street Help van in 1991. Max has of course seen many changes over that time. “In the early days there was such a problem with young children out on the streets. One night we took home 68 kids over a period of four hours.” For Max this is a calling from God - to provide a safety net for the young people of Tauranga, and he’s not about to hang up the van keys any time soon. The Acorn Foundation has supported Get Smart Tauranga Drug and Alcohol Services regularly since 2009. The Street Help van is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom have been serving in this way for 10 years or more. Get Smart has its own endowment fund with Acorn. If you would like to support the work they do, you can make a contribution of any amount to their fund. It will be pooled and invested, with the investment income used to support the operating costs of Get Smart Tauranga Drug & Alcohol Services every year.