Mis­sion calls for can-do help

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By Teresa Hat­tan

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.

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