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■■♦ HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEME. The Mayor received the following note from the secretary of the Christchurch Committee of tbe Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium Fund, and enclosing tbe circular from tbe central committee, which we attach, In con fortuity with tbe request, tbe Mayor has called a public meeting for Wednesday next, February 3rd, to discuss tbe holding ot & monster harvest festival in Akaroa for the deserving fund.

Ttoe meeting win be held in the Aka roa Borough Council Clumbers, and it is hoped there will be a good atten dance. No date has yet been fixed, hut it has been suggested tbat March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) would be a suitable date for the festival. The following resolution was adopt, ed at tbe general meeting of tbe Fund held on 16th January :—"ln the opinion of this committee, formed on cabled information from- London, the needs of the poor Belgians are very much greater than those of the poor of Great Britain and Ireland Instructions from subscribers as to bow they wish their contributions dis tributed will of course be carried out, but in future, unless'contrary instructions are received, all contributions will be forwarded for the relief of tbe Belgians." 'i be following is tbe'circular: — " In conformity with the above resolutionit had been decided to moke a fresh appea l for support for a special Belgian Fund, and my committee confidently ask for your assistance to that end in your district- Tinaccompanying report of ihe meeting of the «outh Canterbury District Committefl will show you what has been done there in thir direction, and their noble eximple is worth) of imitation in every other centre of the province. That district has already con tributed the splendid total of £6500 in a.Bh to our Fund alone, and, as will be seen, if just starting a renewed effort for Belgium They have donated more, probably in pro portion to their population, than any other coram unity in the Dominion. The Naiion 1 having reßolved to see this war through-, to n ! victorious conclusion, and we, as indivicinule [animated by the same determination, must be prepared to do our part, even if it should involve some eelf-denial, and as log as 'hf war lasts. Belgium, by keeping fai'h wi b Britain, in stemming the rush of the Werman hosts at the most critical moment, very materially helped to save our Empire from che cruel fate her loyalty to us brought on ber. and is thus deserving of our very strongest sympathy and support. The ac , companying letter from ft subject of n neutral nation will convey far better thm I can espres3 the sufferings, desolation Biid destruction of that unhappy people and oountry, and must surely appeal to all with human feelings and sympathies for their utmost help. At the present time New Zealand is probably the most prosperous part of the world, and the prospect for the future, depending aa it doeß on the produce of this , fair land, cannot be brighter on the face of the earth, so it behoves us to Rive freely of our plenty to those who are ptarving through their sell.sacrifioe, and who are fighting and dying by the side of our countrymen and fellows for our protection. A proposal has been made to hold a monster harvest festival in Christchurch, at a date to be fixed, n>xt March, and I shall be very glad to hear that you will take the matter up in your di tiiet and organise it there in conjunction with others, whose names will be known to you as the best workers. We hope everyone wi.l contribute something in kind according to their ability, and we undertake to provide the multitude as purchasers for the gifts, and to make it a real gala day for Belgium A special sub committee will Bhortly be set up for this purpose, and will arrangß all details, and communicate them to you later. In the meantime it is neoessary to Ret an early start with the' organisation of the movement, so as to ensure the greatest success. The Fund, being a Canterbury one, it is desired to make the general committee as representative as possible of the province, and it is hoped you will be able to see your way to act on the committee, or, f unable, to suggest &omeone in your district lo act in that capaoity.—Believe me, yours faitbfi ltv. E. J. Levinge (Chairman), F. H. ime (Treasurer)."

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POOR OF BELGIUM FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 29 January 1915

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POOR OF BELGIUM FUND. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 29 January 1915

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