Paws for thought


    VOLUNTEERS from around the south raised money for the Southland Charity Hospital during its annual Red, Black and White Day appeal last Friday.

    These included New Zealand Labour Hire staff Kim Lawson and Whai Reti (pictured), who took to Invercargill’s Esk St to collect donations along with Marley the dog.

    Mr Reti said it was a good community initiative to get behind.

    Charity hospital general manager Helen Robinson said there was an increase in support from places such as Alexandra, Dunedin and Arrowtown.

    “We hope next year to widen our visits to those communities.”

    The day was important to celebrate Blair Vining’s legacy, as well as hearing stories from the Southland and Otago region concerning the ongoing need for the hospital, she said. “We are thrilled to have been able to get round so many businesses and schools to say thanks, and it’s been an epic day.”

    Photo and report: Laura Smith