SPCA fac­ing dire fi­nan­cial straits

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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‘‘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.

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