Manukau Courier : November 23rd 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Get behind appeal Mr Claus: Mayor Len Brown donates some presents to the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal at the Manurewa library. Photo: JASON DORDAY By JESSIE COLQUHOUN PPA HRISTMAS APPEAL TIMES of economic hardship are anything but over for Manukau but mayor Len Brown s doing his bit to help make it a brighter Christmas for those in need. He s taken time out of his hectic mayoral schedule to head down to the Manurewa library and add to the fast-growing pile of toys donated to the annual Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. The library is one of the collection points for the appeal. Donations of toys for children of all ages and non-perishable food items will be distributed to deserving south Auckland families and other com- munity agencies that work closely with the Salvation Army. The appeal asks for new or near- new toys because the army doesn t have the facilities to mend old or broken ones. Mr Brown says the Sallies do an unbelievable amount of work for the community and the appeal is a great cause . Some of the families in and around this community have been hit hard by the recession. Every family wants to ensure their kids have a great Christmas. So this appeal is an opportunity for all of us in the community to support the Sal- vation Army. Sallies service manager Ross Rich- ards says the Manurewa library collects the most toys out of all the Manukau libraries every year. They seem to do so well. It doesn t seem to slow down which is wonder- ful. He s had to empty the Manurewa donations box twice since the appeal started but elsewhere across the region things are off to a bit of a slow start . It s not ideal and makes it more difficult. But in the end it ll all come together. Mr Richards says the libraries have always been behind the appeal and their support is invaluable. Having drop-off points makes donating toys a lot easier for the community. It s just fantastic that they continue to sup- port us every year. We re so grateful for that. Mr Brown -- who was mistaken for Santa by a young library visitor -- says he s more than happy to support the Salvation Army and the appeal. I m delighted to help as much as I can -- even if it means putting on a funny red hat! People have until December 10 to get down to their library and support the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. IN BRIEF Town meeting Mayor Len Brown is inviting Otahuhu residents to an informal community meeting on Thursday. It's the first of the regular ''town hall meetings'' Mr Brown plans to hold around Auckland, reviving a tradition he started as Manukau mayor. ''These meetings, along with my Mayor in the Chair events, will help me stay in touch with the people of Auckland and the priorities they have for their different and diverse communities.'' The meeting will also be attended by Mangere- Otahuhu Local Board and ward councillor Alf Filipainag. It starts at 6.30pm at the Otahuhu College Memorial Field Sports Pavilion, 53 Mangere Rd. Christmas parades Thousands of people across south Auckland will be lining the streets to watch Christmas parades over the next few days. Some already have. We're keen to run a selection of video highlights in our online edition. Email your clip -- no longer than two minutes please -- or youtube link to Oliver.Li@snl.co.nz and watch the Manukau Courier for details on when to view them at www.manukau courier.co.nz. Child abuse A free workshop on preventing the kind of child abuse that killed twins Chris and Cru Kahui will be held in Clendon next year. It's one of 27 being run around the country by Child, Youth and Family and child protection trainers Child Matter. They'll train more than 800 professionals to recognise and respond to child abuse. The nationwide initiative is a response to more than 55,000 child abuse cases handled by CYF in the year to June. Acting social development minister Judith Collins says there've been too many cases like that of the Kahui twins. The all-day Clendon workshop is on March 30. Go to www. childmatters.org.nz to enrol. Collection points Collection points for the appeal include 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 at 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. Cheque donations can also be posted to the Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. Make cheques out to the Salvation Army.
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