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Mrs. Aitchison, of Chorltoo, has formed a small branch of the Red Gross and good work is being done. In June she canvassed tha district for funds and promises for help in tbe sewing line, then a few weeks later a hurriedly arranged social brought in some £9 odd.

Another social for the same purpose was the Waitanei Hall, Little Akaloa whioh brought in a go6d amount. Campetitions and an auction of many gift articles were the order of the evening. Altogether some £25 or more has been raised and nearly all this bas been spent on garments and wool.

Steady workers help Mrs. Aitchison to despatch the parcels at an early date, among the chief workers may be inantioned Mesdames Marshall, McDonald, Spencer Wells, John Priest, Aitcbi3on MolntOßb and Miss Bailey, and other very willing helpers are Mesdames Pawson, Gilbert, H McHale, W MoHale Elizabeth Waghorn, S. Newton, 0. Oraw, R. Craw, Snuttlewortb, Heath and Barkle, Misses Oraw, Rodgers Gilkes, and Philpott. Knitting socks and slippers are much in evidence, though good wool is difficult to prooure. Now arrangements have been made to have tags for sewing in the garments and marked "Peninsula Red Cross."

Mrs. Aitchison only handles garments tbat have been forwarded from the depot, but many of her helpers have sent away bundles of linen fomentation cloths and such articles direct to Christchurch;

Now the Bazaar for the Wounded Soldiers Fund is over it is to be hoped more helpers will be added to tbe already flourishing little Branch. The Bazaar workers have been steadily at work for some months and it could hardly be expected they could devote their energies to both causes. Tbe Bazaar work is in the hands of some very capable church workers, and every 18 months or more they have a sale. Other years the profits have gone to augment various funds, such as New Brighton Children's Cottage, but this time a portion is to be devoted to Patriotic purposes. Much hard work was attached to the very successful sale which brought in some -£80 or more. Mesdames F. Hunter, Arthur Waghorn, Luke Wag horn, and Miss Waghorn took nil the difficult jobs upon their shoulders, and were ab : y support ed by others, among them, epeoial mention may be made of Mrs. C. P Kay who has lately left the district to reside in Governor's Bay.

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RED CROSS WORK., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3497, 19 October 1915

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RED CROSS WORK. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3497, 19 October 1915

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