Mum’s marathon over
Community rallies for beneficiary
There will be no more forced marathons for Sarah Warren thanks to support from the South Waikato community.
With no car or public transport, the solo mother walked from Putaruru to Tokoroa twice in the past month to attend compulsory Work and Income meetings after threats her benefit would be cut if she did not attend.
With a meeting approaching next Friday she was fretting about making the 25-kilometre return journey in time to be home for her four children.
But her call for help has been answered.
After a story in the South Waikato News on Wednesday the 48- year- old has had numerous offers of rides, one from generous Tokoroa resident Jenni Young.
The stay-at-home mother of two has offered to use her spare time driving Ms Warren to her appointments.
‘‘It’s the least I could do – there is no way my conscience would let me read that article then move on to other stories as if it didn’t exist.’’
She said she bought a car only two weeks ago.
‘‘There’s no point it sitting in the garage if someone needs it.’’
Ms Warren is rapt with the response.
‘‘I didn’t expect this. Now I’m getting support from everyone.’’
She said it was a huge load off her shoulders.
‘‘It just takes the stress off me . . . I think I’ll sleep better now.
Ms Warren’s neighbour Rosemaree Manson, who is faced with the same predicament, has been overwhelmed by the response too.
‘‘It just shows that there are people out there who are willing to give their time to people like us in a situation we shouldn’t be.’’
She got more than she could have hoped for coming forward.
‘‘I just wanted people to hear what is going on and be able to help others in a worse situation.’’
She encourages others on struggle street to do the same.
‘‘Don’t be shy to stand up and be heard and get the help that is out there in the community.’’