Al­co­hol re­form pe­ti­tioned

Goff ap­pear­ance adds to suc­cess

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The an­nual White Rib­bon Day ap­peal in Toko­roa be­came a me­dia scrum when Phil Goff ar­rived.

The ap­peal, or­gan­ised by Toko­roa Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices, South Waikato Pa­cific Is­land Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, the Sal­va­tion Army, Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and the Liv­ing With­out Vi­o­lence Trust, was a great suc­cess with the added me­dia cir­cus.

Mr Goff signed a pe­ti­tion on the steps of the Toko­roa Court House to help sup­port a change in al­co­hol liquor poli­cies in the South Waikato com­mu­nity.

Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity Min­istries man­ager Colin Bri­dle said the day went ex­tremely well.

‘‘We achieved our aim to bring aware­ness to the com­mu­nity that vi­o­lence is not okay.’’

South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Health Com­mit­tee man­ager Akarere Henry said the re­cep­tion was ‘‘ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous’’.

‘‘We had an amaz­ing sign up to our pe­ti­tion. Cer­tainly on the day, when I was there, there were close to thou­sands of sig­na­tures.

‘‘We have seen at the coal­face of the ser­vices we are in­volved with the ef­fect al­co­hol has on a fam­ily . . . Re­search has proven there is a real cor­re­la­tion be­tween vi­o­lence and mis­use of al­co­hol.’’

Be­low is a list of numbers for those need­ing help to break away from fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Toko­roa Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices, 886 8277; South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, 886 0010; Sal­va­tion Army, 886 9812, Fam­ily Vi­o­lence In­for­ma­tion Line, 0800 456 450; Toko­roa Women’s Refuge 886 5553; Liv­ing with­out Vi­o­lence Trust, 886 7041.

If you need ur­gent help con­tact the po­lice on 111.

DE­STRUC­TIVE: Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity Min­istries man­ager Colin Bri­dle with 780 empty al­co­hol cans which rep­re­sent the num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence callouts the Toko­roa po­lice dealt with in the last two years.

DE­LI­CIOUS WORK: Former mayor Gor­don Blake en­cour­ages Phil Goff to roll up his sleeves and turn a few siz­zlers.

SIGN OF SUP­PORT: Phil Goff signs a pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the Sal­va­tion Army to change lo­cal govern­ment poli­cies sur­round­ing al­co­hol stores in the district.

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