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THE TRIBUNE, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
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'Give and take' at the same time
By JUDITH LACY
Palmerstonians have two chances
on November 26 to be a good citizen
-- locally and nationally.
Firstly, vote in the general elec-
tion and referendum on the voting
system. Secondly, donate to the
annual food drive for The Salvation
Army and Methodist Social Services
Volunteers will be driving down
your street on election day to pick
up donated food and toiletries.
Salvation Army community min-
istries manager Kevin Richards said
the drive is an obvious, convenient
and acceptable way to help the
needy in the city.
Most people like to help when
they can and it's an easy way they
can do that.''
Social agencies like The Salvation
Army are under pressure with the
economy struggling, redundancies
and changes in social policy.
Each year for the past three years
the number of food parcels the army
has given out has increased 15 per
cent. In an average month 200
parcels are given out and in Decem-
ber, 500. As well as the financial
pressures of Christmas, there are
often a lot of lay-offs in December
and visiting family members can
add to the financial pressure.
The economic downturn means it
is increasingly difficult to rely on
donations from traditional suppliers
-- retailers, distributors and
manufacturers -- as they try to run
their businesses more leanly and
operate just-in-time stock manage-
ment, Mr Richards said.
The Salvation Army has created a
new position of needs assessor who
will help understand all of a client's
needs, not just food on the table,
then help resolve those issues.
Issues could range from budget-
ing skills and power and control in
the home, to mental and physical
health problems and unemploy-
It is about more trying to help
people transform their lives and
become self sufficient rather than
just handing out food.
It's not easy to do. I'd be the first
person to admit it's not easy.''
New World-provided bags for
people to place their donations in
are being delivered to letter boxes
throughout the city, or look out for
wheelie bins at supermarkets dur-
ing the week leading up to the food
Supermarkets will run specials on
canned food during the week.
The Tribune and The Salvation
Army are looking for a phrase to
capture what people need to do on
November 26. We are sure readers
can come up with better phrases
than vote and donate'', give [food]
and take [the opportunity to vote]''
and help your city and country on
the same day''.
Email your suggestion to com-
firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm
Friday. The winner will receive The
Book by Suzie Johnson, a Suzie
Johnson painting, a Yummy
Mummy's cheesecake and a voucher
Running hot: Palmerston North Boys' High School's clay target shooting team has
won the national secondary school team title in Hamilton. They qualified by winning
the Hunting & Fishing lower North Island secondary school series. With the Collinson
Cup are, from left, are Henry Clarke, Huntar Leslie, Matthew Lynch, James Abbiss and
Max Buchanan. The young men also featured in the individual events: Abbiss clinched
second in New Zealand single barrel, third in North Island single rise; Buchanan eighth
in North Island single rise, Leslie fourth in New Zealand skeet, Lynch second in New
Zealand points score, third in North Island skeet and North Island aggregate high gun.
Bevan Rowe and Lynch combined to win North Island two man skeet trophy. To cap
off an outstanding three days' shooting, Leslie and Lynch were also selected for the
North Island teams. Lynch, Abbiss and Clark were selected to shoot for the Wellington
region for the Fish & Game shield, shot at the nationals, which they won. Abbiss also
won highest individual in this section.
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