Mission calls for can-do help
Auckland’s mayor is banking on the public’s generosity to help the Auckland City Mission.
John Banks helped launch the organisation’s latest campaign Can It for the Mission last week at ASB Bank in the central city.
The bank is getting behind the appeal by having food donation boxes in all of its branches throughout Auckland, where people can drop off cans of food or cash donations.
Mr Banks, who plans to donate $1000 to support the appeal, says he encourages everyone to look in their cupboards and donate any food they can.
City mission fundraising manager Jason Holt says the organisation needs $4.5 million a year to operate and provide services, a large portion of which is raised through appeals and public donations.
“We’ve had quite a huge increase in people coming to us for assistance, especially for food over the last six months, so it’s putting real strains on resources,” says Mr Holt.
More than 1500 people a month pass through the drop-in centre in central Auckland.
“Demand has increased by 30 percent since this time last year so we need all the food we can get,” says city missioner Diane ertson.
This demand usually comes from people who have been made redundant or families that have lost one or both Rob- regular says.
Mr Banks says cities should care for its most vulnerable.
“The city mission does just that. They care for incomes, she the most vulnerable, so we applaud them, we put them on a pedestal and we support them.”
An automatic donation of $25 can be made to the appeal by call- ing 0900-42-825. To become a regular donor visit www.auckland citymission.org.nz.
Help wanted: ASB Bank Auckland city branch manager Olivia Abbott and mayor John Banks launch the Auckland City Mission’s Can It for the Mission appeal.