Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, November 9, 2010 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust proudly present their WE NEED YOUR HELP to help the National Burn Centre An ideal way to entertain clients and staff while supporting a very worthy cause. With special guest speaker The Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister who will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holmes CNZM. Your MC - Kerre Woodham, with entertainment by Ewen Gilmour and dance the night away with Black Salt. Includes superb three course dinner and complimentary drinks. All proceeds to the National Burn Centre. Friday 3 December From 7.30pm at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre Tickets are $1850+gst for a table of 10. BOOK NOW! Phone Shandall on 09-531-5910 or email email@example.com Help make Christmas By JESSIE COLQUHOUN HRISTMAS APPEAL Christmas is coming: Salvation Army operations assistant Julz Mariu and toy fan Tuputaingakawa Busby-Puhipi try out some of the presents ready for the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Photo: SIMON WATTS CHRISTMAS is coming and Santa needs your help to stuff the stockings of children who might otherwise go without. The annual Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal kicks off today. It seeks donations of near or near-new toys for children of all ages and non-perishable food items which are distrib- uted to deserving south Auck- land families and other com- munity agencies that work closely with the Salvation Army. Donations are needed more than ever this year, army ser- vice manager Ross Richards says. Economists might claim the recession is officially over but many families are still hurting and struggling to make ends meet, he says. The rise in GST and food prices hasn't helped and demand for Salvation Army services has jumped by 30 percent. It's the Salvation Army's hardest year in Manukau since we've been here. It's been a tough year,'' Mr Rich- ards says. Operations assistant Julz Mariu says families living off one income often can't afford both Christmas dinner and presents. They're trying so hard but they just fall short.'' Last year the appeal aimed to give presents to 6000 chil- dren but didn't have the numbers. The Salvation Army was still able to give to around 2500 children after a last-minute plea to Manukau Courier readers. This year it's aiming for between 3000 and 4000 pres- ents. Toys need to be new or in mint condition because the Sallies don't have the facili- ties to mend anything broken, Mr Richards says. We want to honour the families that we give stuff to and give them toys we'd give to our own children.'' The Sallies often struggle to find gifts for teenagers -- especially boys between 11 and 17 -- and suggest baseball caps, t-shirts, toiletry packs or sports gear. They're also asking for cash to fill the gaps'' of gift donations. Usually by this time of the year the army has money for toy shopping but this year it has nothing. Busi- nesses often make significant contributions and Mr Rich- ards is encouraging them to do the same this year. It can totally make it Christmas. Without them there are going to be kids out there that won't have roast chickens, a tree, they won't even have a present,'' Ms Mariu says. Mr Richards is confident south Aucklanders will show their giving spirit once again despite the tough times. We understand people are hurting out there but often in times of hardship people are even more generous. I really believe there are blessings for people who make that effort.'' Collection points Collection points for the Christmas Appeal are libraries in Clendon, Papatoetoe, Manurewa, Otara, Tupu-Dawson Rd, Manukau city centre, Mangere Bridge, Otahuhu, Mangere East and the Sir Edmund Hillary library in Papakura. The Salvation Army offices in Bakerfield Place, Manukau and Clevedon Rd, Papakura are also collection points, as is the Manukau Courier reception at 33 Birmingham Rd in East Tamaki. Cash donations can also be given or posted to the Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. Cheques should be made payable to the Salvation Army.
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