The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1916. CHURCH OF ENGLAND ORPHANAGE.
The appeal being made on behalf of St. Saviour's Orphanage Re-building Scheme should meet the ready sympathy, especially of all Church of England people, while members of other churches should give it their ready support. The whole outline of the appeal is contained in the following circular~from Bishop Julius, and addressed to all Church of England members in the diocese: "Although the times are difficult, we find it necessary to make an urgent appeal for help in behalf of orphan, neglected and destitute children in this diocese, on the following grounds :—
1. St. Saviour's Orphanage is the only institution of the kind, in this Diocese, belonging to the Church of England. 2. At the most it can only accommodate forty children, and there is no separate accommodation for boys, except infants. 3. We are constantly refusing admission to children even of our own Communion. 4. The buildings in their present condition are neither safe nor suitable. 5. At a rough estimate, £22,000 are required to provide what is necessary. 6. The Standing Committee of the Diocese has taken the rn«t.t.fir in hand. The rebuilding and enlargement will be carried out under its Hunerintendence. " ''''c cannot wait for better *i!~*«\ as the need is urgent. The co-operation of every rh'irch family in the Diocese will make light work of it. Will you do your to best help us"!*
This appeal makes it plain that 1 th* Church of England in this Diocese is not doing all that it should in the very necessary reeeue work of destituted child-^
ren, a work which must always appear necessary to everyone whatever denomination he may be. The Roman Catholic Church, Salvation Army and Presbyterian Churches have each well equipped rescue homes which are doing excellent work, and what is more they make their homes un-
denominational. But there is still more accommodation required for the carrying on of this estimable work and the Church of England's proposal, even though it comes at a time when we all feel the strain of giving to war funds, yet it should get a very liberal amount of support. As will be seen in another column Mr H. Righton is appointed Organising Secretary for the Fund and authorised to visit every part of the Diocese, to raise funds, receive subscriptions and to assist in forming local Committees. Mr Righton has set out with the laudable object of securing £15,000 to £22,000, and so far he has been wonderfully successful in his endeavours, as already he secured nearly £9000. We hope indeed Mr Righton will meet with every encouragement in our district and we are sure that we realise what a wonderfully good object the money is being raised for.. Some years ago a proposal was on foot in Great Britain to do
away with all voluntary support for hospitals, rescue homes, etc., by handing over their support and control to the state. This .proposal was, however, quashed j
as it was thought that it would destroy the privilege of voluntary giving. In New Zealand we support our hospitals per medium of the state, and surely we can as a rich young nation support our rescue homes by voluntary subscription and deem it a privilege to give to help the poor and needed to become honour-j able citizens in our midst.