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Remembrance trees to honour loved ones

IN an act of solidarity, remembrance trees will be placed in Invercargill's H & J Smith store for the fourth year in a row to honour loved ones who have died. The Loss and Grief Centre, in conjunction with H & J Smith, organised to put the trees in the store for Loss and Grief Awareness Week, from July 27-31. Loss...

Masks help Heart Kids

HUNDREDS of colourful masks were made and sold during lockdown, with all money raised going to Southland Heart Kids. Organiser Brenda Mathers said about 950 cotton face masks were made by a group of contributors Mary-Ellen Vercoe, from Liquorland South, Abi Volp, from Creative Kids, with Bronwen Coe, Scott Flynn and herself, from Suite Southern Upholstery & Auto Trim Ltd. They...

Park to glow for Matariki

MATARIKI will be celebrated over four evenings in Queens Park next week. Matariki Festival 2020 marama Haakari Nui co-ordinator Sharne Parkinson said this year's theme of tiramarama (glimmering light) would have something for all ages. The festival was "to celebrate coming into the Maori new year", she said. Matariki was the time to reconnect with whaanau and friends. Knowing where your tiipuna...

Community under pressure

THE need may be even greater thanks to Covid-19. That's the message from Free Haircuts and Other Services for those in Need organiser Melissa Aitken, who is busily getting ready for the August event. The impact of the pandemic has hit the community hard with many still to find out whether their jobs are safe. "Everyone is aware of how much Covid...

Clean-up focus on Daffodil Bay

SANDY Point is set for a spruce-up as volunteers aim to make the area tidier with a clean-up event. To be held on Saturday, July 25, at 11am, the clean-up would be hosted by Sea Society founder Sian Mair, who said it was important to tidy up. As a popular recreational area, with people, there was rubbish, she said. "Also I believe...

Buy a Brick campaign vital for charity hospital

BLAIR Vining reckoned if everyone in the south bought a brick, together they could build a hospital. So, the Southland Charity Hospital (SCH) is going to do just that. On July 31, the SCH wants to see schools and businesses across New Zealand hold mufti days in support of Mr Vining's legacy, for the Buy a Brick Day. The public was encouraged...

Bluff on a roll for maiden cheese race

"IT started innocently enough," New Zealand Red Cross senior community fundraiser co-ordinator Heather Locke says. A few months ago, before the Covid-19 lockdown, the Cantabrian had visited the south to meet the Invercargill team. Her southern companion, humanitarian development engagement manager Callum Clark asked an innocent question: "Have you ever had a Southland cheese roll?" "He was so passionate about Bluff, he...

Knitters busy with creations for charity

BLANKETS, jerseys, hats, slippers, scarves, handmade quilts and children's clothing - many Southlanders have knitted and crocheted all sorts of items for the charity Mission Without Border's annual Operation Cover Up. Operation Cover Up members sent the items to people in need, including the homeless, elderly, children and others in Eastern Europe. Southland convener Dawn Wallace said hundreds of items were...

Tramping club on hunt for members

A PLEA has gone out for more members and trip leaders to join the Southland Tramping Club. Club president Anne McDermott said there were a couple of potential reasons why numbers were not picking up, but there was also nothing to really stop anyone from leading a trip. "If someone suggests an idea and says, 'I want to do this but...

Volunteering in the genes

VOLUNTEERING is a family business for the Pattersons. Ashley Patterson describes himself as a motorsport fanatic and has transferred his passion to daughter Amanda Masters. Together with son and brother Michael, they used to watch the races at Invercargill's Teretonga Park, until a friend invited them to volunteer during race season. Almost 14 years later, the family continues the tradition with the...
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