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Help others have a magic Christmas

WITH no financial backing, organisers of Mayor Tim Shadbolt's Christmas Lunch are looking to the community for help to bring some magic into the lives of those less fortunate this Christmas. "Everyone should get behind this because Christmas is magic. If there is no sparkle in it, there is no magic," co-organiser Teressa Laughton said. Ms Laughton and Lynda Howard are...

Leo club a roaring success

THE southern-most Leo club roared into its 20th anniversary recently. Based at James Hargest College (JHC), the community service club which aims at pupils in Years 11-13, has more than 200 members. The idea to establish a Leo club at the college was suggested by Makarewa Lions Club member Bruce Irwin more than two decades ago, Makarewa Lions Club president Bill...

People’s stories on loan

IT will be a library with a difference, a library where real people are the books on loan to readers. South Alive will host the first Human Library event in Invercargill tomorrow night at the South Alive Community Park alongside the Night Food Market. South Alive manager Cress Evans said she encouraged the community to come along and meet and connect...

Santa Parade spreading Christmas cheer

BELLYFUL Invercargill is receiving some early Christmas cheer. The charity has been selected to be the recipient of the proceeds raised from the Southland Santa Parade street appeal this year. Parade chief elf Alice Pottinger said Bellyful was a small organisation of volunteers who worked to support families with newborn babies. "It’s really cool what they do." Bellyful volunteers cook and deliver meals to...

Support for Women’s Refuge

SOUTHLAND'S vulnerable families will enjoy some Christmas cheer this year thanks to members of the Invercargill Workingmen's Club. Club president Peter Kennedy and his wife Cindy are the driving forces behind an appeal to collect Christmas presents and raise funds to purchase gifts for families being supported by the Invercargill Women's Refuge at Christmas-time. Mrs Kennedy said the club usually supported...

Otautau Playcentre’s success story

ABOUT a year ago, the committee behind-the-scenes at Otautau Playcentre decided to take a gamble. President Shelley Cox consulted with the centre and a valued life member and they decided to increase their service from two days a week to four. "We decided if we didn't make any changes, then things were going to go down pretty fast," Ms Cox said. "It...

New programme ‘life-changing’

IT was a "life-changing" and "mind-blowing" experience, Tiriana Shearer says of her time in a programme aimed at changing the behaviour of those convicted of driving offences. "It has been absolutely incredible. I feel grateful for the experience," she said. "It has taught me a lot of life lessons. It has taught me about people in the community and how hard...

ILT awards tertiary scholarships

A GROUP of Invercargill students are heading into tertiary study next year with a welcomed financial buffer, after being awarded Invercargill Licensing Trust Tertiary Education Scholarships. From more than 100 applications, 65 students were awarded the annual Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) scholarship at a function at the Ascot Park Hotel on Monday night. The scholarships are valued at $6000 over three years. Scholarship...

South Catlins Charitable Trust named Supreme Winner

THE South Catlins Charitable Trust has taken the top honour at Invercargill's biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards. Voluntary groups from Invercargill and the Southland District gathered with representatives from Trustpower, Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council and the community at Bill Richardson Transport World to hear how six groups and three young people are making an...

Organ music returns to First Church

AFTER a journey of more than 18,600km, a bespoke Johannus Ecclesia D470 organ has been installed at Invercargill's First Presbyterian Church. Purpose-built in the Netherlands at the Johannus factory in Ebe, it had cost about $80,000, including installation and associated costs, Reverend Nyalle Paris said. The three-tier, digital organ was chosen to replace a small electronic keyboard and grand piano which...
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