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Plans for the clothes drive for Unrra, to be held in Auckland next Saturday, were finalised this morning. The drive is to be conducted by the Lady Galway Guild, with the assistance of the Auckland Centre of the New Zealand Red Cross Society. Other organisations, including the Army, the Post and Telegraph Department, the Automobile Association and Commercial Travellers' Association, will also help.

The meetings held at the Town Hall this morning were presided over by the Mayoress, Mrs. Allum, president of the Lady Galway Guild. The first was a meeting of representatives of the various branches of the Lady, Galway Guild, from which a committee was set up to organise a roster of helpers from each district to handle the clothes when they were sent in to the central depot in the former skating rink at the corner of Khyber Pass and Park Road. It was estimated that about 100 women would be needed there each day, beginning on Saturday and continuing through next week.

Mrs. Allum emphasised that it would be hard work, because, judging from past experience, a certain amount of cleaning, mending and even fumigation would be necessary, no matter how many appeals for clean garments were made.

The secretary of the Auckland Metropolitan Patriotic Committee, Mr. H. Wylie, reported that a generous offer had been made on behalf of the various dry-cleaning companies. They had stated that they would do all the necessary dry-cleaning for the drive at half the usual cost, provided that all firms received a fair allocation of the work and that they would not be required to provide transport for the garments to or from the depots. This offer was gratefully accepted.

A woman representative asked whether soap could not be sent with the clothes, as there was an acute shortage of soap in Europe. Mrs. Allum replied that \she could not appeal for soap, as she had been authorised to ask for clothes only, but the suggestion might well be taken up. ' Soap was sent with Lady Galway Guild parcels to Britain and, besides being useful, it helped to keep the clothes fresh.

At the second meeting representatives of the various organisations which are to assist in the drive were present. Offers of cars and trucks were made and transport arrangements decided upon. It was reported that offers of cars would be welcomed by the Automobile Association.

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FOR WOMEN CLOTHES DRIVE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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FOR WOMEN CLOTHES DRIVE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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