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(PER FBBSS ASSOCIATION,) Chbistchubch, December 5. At the annual meeting of the South Canterbury and Asbburton Charitable Aid Board Mr R. Westenra was re-elected Chairman. The Secretary's report stated that at the present. time 475 different cases (including destitute children and infirm persons boarded out) are m receipt cf aid m various forms. During the year 85 separate cases hare been relieved. Thus the total shows a decrease of 114 as compared with the previous twelve months, but against this apparent diminution of the total, a comparative table cfthe average for the months of 1887 and 1888 proves that the average duration of xelief per case has been longer this year than m the previous, viz., monthly average 1887 464 ; 1868 483. The 475 oases above refened to may be olaesifiel thus : — Widowß, or widows with children, 134; deserted wives vrttb children, 27; families of worthless, dissolute, disabled, imprisoned, or lunalio husbands, 63 ; aged and infirm, 116 ; women with illegitimate children, 14; temporary oases not yet classified, 46 ; destitute children boarded out, 65 ; infirm or invalip persons, 10. The children dependent upon parents m receipt of regular {relief amount to 1074, m addition to 65 boarded out and those maintained m the Orphanage, Armagh street depot, and Industrial Schools. The grand total reaches about 1800. The number of patients under the treatment of the medical officer has reached a monthly j average of 70. At the Lyttelton Orphanage ihere were 77 children on December Ist, 1887. During the -Tear 4 have been admitted and 19 discharged. -The anmber of inmates at present is 62. The jAwKEgh Btreet Depot afforded temporary •shelter to a considerable number of destitute men, woman, and children. Admissions .during the 12 monthß amounted to 103, and discharges to 100, leaving 39 inmates. At fbe Ashburton Home there have been 25 Ajfcnissiona and 27 discharges (or deaths). 3&e present number of inmates is 55. There «re 10 women with infanta at the Female jßefage.. The number on December Ist, 1887,. was 16 ; near isses admitted during the year, 18; disohargee, 24. The Charitable Aid Committee has sat on JO4 oftasionß, whilst the Orphanage, Finance, and Sub-committee meetings make up a total of 170 formal fittings. A large sum is still owing by tne contributory local authorities. The credit balance at the Colon* Bank, after providing for all cheques drawn to this date, and including the Industrial Sohools aocount, is reduced to £68 135.

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CHARITABLE AID., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2006, 6 December 1888

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CHARITABLE AID. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2006, 6 December 1888