Al­trusa fos­ter­ing hope

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Al­trusa In­ter­na­tional of Te Awa­mutu re­cently held its sec­ond An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles Road Show at the Te Awa­mutu Col­lege Hall, where peo­ple were in­vited to have their an­tiques and valu­ables ap­praised by ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal an­tiques col­lec­tors and deal­ers.

Deal­ers were kept busy as­sess­ing and valu­ing a large va­ri­ety of items brought along.

Items ranged from watches and Vic­to­rian jew­ellery, to swords, coins and ori­en­tal an­tiques.

Many pieces were fam­ily heir­looms, and the sto­ries be­hind the ob­jects were just as fas­ci­nat­ing as the items them­selves.

Al­trusa In­ter­na­tional has clubs around the coun­try that work in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to help peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in need.

Pro­ceeds from the An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles Road Show were used to sup­port Foster Hope and other Al­trusa Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Projects.

At their June meet­ing, the Al­trusa Club pre­sented Mir­jam Sole, the Waikato co­or­di­na­tor for Foster Hope, with a cheque for $2000.

Foster Hope or­gan­i­sa­tion is an that be­lieves ev­ery foster child de­serves to know that some­one cares about them through pro­vid­ing chil­dren with the ne­ces­si­ties to ease their way.

They be­lieve that care­givers should be able to fo­cus on the emo­tional needs when a child ar­rives rather than hav­ing to run around do­ing last minute/late night shop­ping, Foster Hope makes up back packs that are given to chil­dren when they are re­moved from their homes and also pro­vide a carry bag con­tain­ing toi­letries and some items, such as books and toys, that will show them they are loved.

Al­trusa Te Awa­mutu mem­ber­ship chair­per­son Vicky Apps said Al­tru­sans were de­lighted to be able to as­sist the team at Foster Hope help chil­dren in need.

“Af­ter all, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple in need in our com­mu­nity is what Al­trusa is all about,” she said.

The Club is also busy start­ing on the hunt for homes and gar­dens for their an­nual Home and Gar­den Ram­ble in Novem­ber.

If you would be in­ter­ested in hav­ing your prop­erty in­cluded in the ram­ble, con­tact club mem­ber Robyn Ather­ton in the evenings on 871 6846.


WAIKATO Foster Hope co-or­di­na­tor Mir­jam Sole (left) is pre­sented with a $2000 do­na­tion by (from right) Al­trusa Te Awa­mutu from im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Ros­alie Rea and mem­bers Vicky Apps and Robyn Ather­ton.

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