We Never Give Up a new start

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - BRIAR HUB­BARD

Over Christ­mas an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides weekly so­cial bowls for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties stated it was clos­ing.

The Never Give Up group had been run­ning for 17 years, but due to a lack of vol­un­teers, and the re­tire­ment of key helpers, it was de­cided to stop the ser­vice, held at Pukekohe Cos­mopoli­tan’s sport com­plex.

How­ever, when Ralph Dando heard how much this had sad­dened the reg­u­lar at­ten­dees, he knew he had to do some­thing about it. The group has now re­formed, un­der the name We Never Give Up, and Dando is the trea­surer. Weekly ses­sions be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 22 from 9.30-11am on Wed­nes­days.

‘‘It’s been good, and I didn’t want to see it die...That’s why I de­cided to carry on. There’s a few that got re­ally up­set when they were told it was fin­ish­ing up at our Christ­mas din­ner...one man had tears in his eyes.’’

Dando is hop­ing to re­cruit more vol­un­teers to en­sure the group comes back stronger than ever.

‘‘No one seems to want to vol­un­teer th­ese days. We are ask­ing if peo­ple can just give up an hour and a half on a Wed­nes­day.

‘‘The main thing is that they are help­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, and those re­cov­er­ing from strokes.’’

If you would like to vol­un­teer, con­tact Ralph on 2391540 or email milk@xtra.co.nz.

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