|Not a member? Sign up now!|
MANAWATU District Mayor Ian McKelvie is hoping the Feilding community will respond to two fundraising initiatives planned later this week for the Christchurch earthquake relief fund.
A door-to-door collection through the streets of Feilding is planned for Thursday night followed by a “Gold for Red and Black” gathering at the clock tower on Friday night.
“The timing of such fundraisers is important, because if you get these underway soon after the actual event then people are much more likely to respond positively.
“The event is still current and is right there. And though Christchurch is going to be current for a long time, it is important we get out there quickly.”
He said it was good for Feilding to be doing something along these lines, particularly since the community had weathered much bad news since 2004 and been on the receiving end of aid and support from other parts of New Zealand.
“It does pale into insignificance compared to Christchurch but does gives us an opportunity to show our support for those affected by last week’s event.”
Mr McKelvie said every cent counted as to what people could afford to donate, as 10c for some people was like $5 to others.