POOR OF BELGIUM FUND.
A public meeting was held on Wednesday in the Borough Council Chambers. The attendance was small, a number of ladies attending, The Mayor said that they all knew the object of tbe meeting. It only
wanted a Iktle energy to have a splendid harvest gala. He that be did not believe that tbe people about Akaroa realized tbe gravity of the situation. It bpboved thorn to help the Brians who have suffered so terribly in tho fight for freed ax. Tbey had lost, t.heir bodies and every. thing they pos-esaed. It for he people of New Zealand, whose land was practically flowing with milk and honey, to come forward and help this good object. The first appeal was for the Great Britain, Ireland and Bel- ! rr'giarn Fund, but, seeing' tbe dire neoessity of the Belgians, the funds were left to go to the Belgians alone, which seemed only right. He then read the circular from tbe Christchurch Committee, wbich was pub lished in our issue of January 29, asking the people of Akaroa to co operate in raising a harvest gala in March. After reading a number of enm munications, the Mayor said it bad been suggested tbey should bave a gala day on St Patrick's Day (March 17). Tbey would bave an entertain -| ment in tbe evening as well, lie ! asked for an expression <f opinion. j Rev. J. W. Hnyward moved a| monster sale be ht'ld for the Belgian |
I Finn! in March, aud that peop'e »c asked to give gifts in money or kind. He agreed with the Mayor that the sale could be held on a large -scale, and that a cirarnittee bs set up. S. f5-:)d>"l by Mrs Lnlhvr'j and carrwi. *;ev J W Hayward referred to tin apunai di'de hy the Salvation Army, and said tha Army was doing wonderful work in Belgium. He suggested £10 from tbe harvest festival be devoted to the Salvation Army Fund. The Mayor suggested that after the sale was over tbey could donate a contribution They should tell the Salvation Army people that they were sending on a donation. % The Mayor moved Mr Thomas aot as hon. sec, Seconded by Mr "Williams and carried. COMMITTEE, The following committee was fleeted :--His Worship tbe Mayor (chairman), Meßdamea Armstrong, Lelievre, Pilkington, Oantrell, Misses Youngman, Jacobson, Messrs L J. Vangioni, W. W. Williams, Lewitt, Thomas, Rev J W, Hay ward, E. E. Lelievre, G Checkley, J. R Newton, J. D. Bruce, W. D. Macphail (Wai
<i ;. Ja.-i W.ighs (Fr-noi Far v). D. McKay (Duvauche' c), W. W. Williams (Robinson's Biy), R. Herriott (German Bay). Mr L. J. Vangioai moved that "port* be h s!d on the day of tbe sale and pciz'is b>- given. Seconded by Mr W. W Williams oarribd. li was esolved tbe sports be held from 10 30 am. to 1 p.m.. aud that the sale be held in tbe afternoon. Mr Lewitt suggested that a work stall would be a great help, and that ladies would be only too willing to send in all kinds of work,. It was decided the ladies bave an afternoon tea stall.
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POOR OF BELGIUM FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3475, 5 February 1915