SPCA facing dire financial straits
The future is bleak for the South Waikato SPCA, with closure looming due to a dire financial situation.
The financial issue will be discussed at a community meeting at the Old Boys Rugby Club next Wednesday at 6pm.
Members from SPCA’s head office are expected to attend.
South Waikato SPCA chairwoman Sandra HarringtonFrost’s message was clear: ‘‘We are really struggling.
‘‘Last year we had a $39,000 deficit so that’s not enough to run for the next two years (2013 and 2014). So we are really struggling both financially and with committee members.
‘‘ We currently have committee members.
‘‘Hopefully people will really see that we are noticed, our services are needed in this community,’’ Mrs Harrington-Frost told South Waikato News.
With a hard economic climate and a struggle to attract new members, Mrs Harrington-Frost said it has been difficult to organise bigger fundraising.
‘‘We have to look at the future, we need to look at doing three big events each year. Some people don’t realise that we don’t receive funding from head office. We need help, it is a real struggle,’’ she said.
There are 48 SPCA centres around New Zealand, with the South Waikato branch commanding one of the biggest areas.
‘‘For a small branch we punch above our weight but we are stretched.’’
Next Wednesday’s meeting is open to the community.