Hug ap­peal vol­un­teers sought

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Plun­ket’s Bear Hug ap­peal takes place from March 3 to 9 and New Zealand pres­i­dent pres­i­dent Tris­tine Clark is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to give Plun­ket a hug by do­nat­ing their time.

‘‘A hug is a sign of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion,’’ Ms Clark said. ‘‘So we’re hop­ing the Porirua com­mu­nity will help us to con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to lo­cal fam­i­lies when they need it most by sup­port­ing our March Bear Hug ap­peal.’’

She said that col­lec­tions would take place in Wellington on Thurs­day, March 6, and in Porirua on Satur­day, March 8.

‘‘We’re ask­ing peo­ple to con­sider do­nat­ing just one hour of their time to help us raise funds for their com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’re heav­ily re­liant on the funds raised dur­ing our ap­peal.

‘‘While Plun­ket’s free home and clinic vis­its are gov­ern­ment-funded, we rely on com­mu­nity fundrais­ing to pro­vide all our other sup­port ser­vices.

‘‘All money col­lected lo­cally is used for lo­cal Plun­ket ser­vices, such as par­ent sup­port groups, play groups, car seat ser­vices, par­ent­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes, toy li­braries and much more.’’

Ms Clark said Plun­ket was a Kiwi icon, as much a part of our cul­ture as hokey pokey and pavlova.

‘‘Nine out of 10 New Zealan­ders are ‘Plun­ket ba­bies’.

‘‘We want to be around for another 100 years, but to do that we need com­mu­nity sup­port.’’

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