Mum’s marathon over

Com­mu­nity ral­lies for ben­e­fi­ciary

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By PET­RICE TARRANT

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.’’

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