Altrusa fostering hope
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.