Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
14 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 NEWS I spy with my little eye, a new sending range coming soon. Our parcel sending range will be streamlined, making it easier for you to choose. Better yet, you'll soon find these new changes in your local New Zealand Post retail outlet. For all you need to know, go to nzpost.co.nz/sending PST0314A A helping hand for 20 years Milestone event: Trustee Don Everitt holds a cake to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Fifeshire Foundation with fellow trustees and supporters outside Fifeshire House. In the front row are Kim Procter- Western, left Don Everitt, Lady Glen Rowling and councillor Gail Collingwood. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER Afoundation that helps people in Nelson in times of hardship and domestic crises has celebrated its 20th birthday. The Fifeshire Foundation marked its two decades in existence with cake and speeches at Fifeshire House, the building where its trustees first sat down to start the charity. Trust chairwoman Kim Proctor- Western said Monday s birthday was a coming of age for the foun- dation. Every dollar donated to the trust went to help people in need. The trust s overheads, including the wages of its part-time administrator Susannah Roddick, are paid by the generosity of by NZ King Salmon and NBS. Media Works also helps it. We are very very grateful for the sponsors that make that happen. Kim said the trust was launching a new campaign to get people to donate directly to the trust by making a payroll donation. For example, just $2.50 a week, $130 a year, would buy food for a family in crisis. A donation of $10 a week, or $520 a year, would help buy a fridge for a family so they don t have to use chilly bins. The tag for the campaign is Locals Looking out for Locals . On average the trust gives out $100,000 a year. It helps families by buying them washing machines or fridges, or by paying struggling people s bills or buying firewood or food. It does not give out cash grants. Kim said that during the past four years or so she had noticed the need in the community had increased. The number of applications had gone up and the amounts they were asking for were larger. Former trustee Lady Glen Rowling, whose late husband Sir Wallace Rowling was one of the foundation s founders, said the trust was excellent. She said there was always great need in the community that people were not always aware of. The Fifeshire Foundation did not judge and every dollar it raised could be spent to help people. Media Works general manager Christine Hatton said another Fifeshire founder, the late Digby Lawley, also had a vision of people making donations to the trust directly from their wages. He said it was important that people who could help gave to those who needed help. If every- one who could donated something each week they could collect quite a sum. For more information, or to make a donation, visit fifeshirefoundation.co.nz.
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