GOVERNMENT ABKED TO """ SUBSIDIZE EFFORT .^; The Akaroa secretary to the Canter bury Patriotic Fund received the following letter from the Auckland branch covering following letter: "In thanking you again for the patronage you were so kind as to bestow on our undertaking through the Consul for France in New Zealand some little time back, I beg to advise that the "French Day" to raise funds towards the French Red Gros throughout the Dominion, is taking place on the 25th inst A few of the New Zealand towns have chosen dates a little ahead, so as not to clash with other patriotic functions
Iα this way it is expected that ever; New Zealander in sympathy with oar Allies, will bring his mite as an act of justice towards those who gallantly help the British and even our own boys on the different battle* fronts For this very reason, my Executive have directed me to,approach you, asking that your Government should also extend its sympathy, by subsidising £1 for £1 all the amounts raised under the New Zealand Red Gross Fund. This raising of funds is not a continuous affair, such as the Belgian and cother striken Nations' Funds, but is to close definitely on the 25th as a collection. My Executive think that there is a very good precedent to appeal to, in that the New South Wales Government have just agreed to subsidise, in the same manner, all fuuds raised in Sydney for an "Allies Day."
The present appeal on behalf of France is the first that we can remember having been made, and as far as as we know, will be the only one. It is, therefore, an unique opportunity to show our sympathy, goodwill and gratitude to a Country, with wbioh we are closely bound by many ties, If we look at it from a busines point of view, which every exporting nation has a right to take into consideration, nothing better could be done to raise New Zealand in the estimation of the French Government and Nation, than a direot contribution ifrom your Government to their most noble work, the Bed Cross.
The members of our executive fully realise what an effort such a gracious act would have with a sensitive and sentimental people as the French, and it would cause a love for New Zoa land's name and New Zealand things, such as the French nation alone can conceive and cherish, not so much on account of the money, but more on account of the practical sympathy of fered by the nation, which is separated from France by the longest distance on this earth.
1 dow leave the matter in your bands, sir, being sure that you and your colleagues will give pur proposal all the consideration we feel it deserves."
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TRICOLOUR DAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3520, 8 February 1916
TRICOLOUR DAY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3520, 8 February 1916
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