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CHRISTMAS SEAL

BENEFIT OF CHILDEEN

ISSUE TO-MORROW

In order to grapple satisfactorily with the problem of tuberculosis, it is necessary for the State to begin with the child, who provides the primary occasion of infection, and the ideal opportunity of treatment.—Sir George Newman, M.D., Principal Medical Officer, British Ministry of Health.

The Christmas stamp or seal, a combined postage and; anti-tuberculosis stamp, will* be on sale at post offices throughout the Dominion to-morrow. In some countries a separate seal is issued, but in New Zealand the stamp is a 2d stamp, incorporating Id postage and 13 so-called "charity" value. The_ word "charity" is used in the Scriptural sense—"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these throe; but the greatest of these is charity"—love, or goodwill. The stamp is specially intended for correspondence during the Christmas season, and its issue to-morrow will enable it to be used for letters or cards, sent to Great Britain and countries overseas, so as to arrive at or about Christmas. Publicity to the scheme was given in "The Post" three years ago, and it may be well to recall its origin as stated at that time. Twentysix years ago a young mail clerk in a small post office in Denmark was working far into the night on Christmas Eve distributing holiday greeting cards and letters. He saw that as a rule they would go to comfortable homes, housing happy, vigorous families. But he knew, too, that where kind Christmas wishes and good Christmas deeds were most needed, there likely would not come even a brief word of greeting. An inspiration seized him! Why not spend this money to alleviate the condition of the unfortunate? That inspiration started the Christmas seal movement.) i As a general rule the funds derived from these stamps are devoted to the campaign against tuberculosis. In New Zealand the object is part of the same campaign—the establishment of children's health camps under medical and nursing supervision. Last year's issue (although through unavoidable, circumstances, delayed till 11th December) produced £2500 for the fund. It may be mentioned that the official suggestion for the issue of the stamp was made by the Secretary of the Post Offico Department (Mr. G. M'Namara), and the purpose to which the fund should bo devoted was recommended by the permanent head of the Health Department (Dr. M. H. Watt). The Christmas Seal has proved a wonderful success in other countries.

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CHRISTMAS SEAL, Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 102, 28 October 1930

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CHRISTMAS SEAL Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 102, 28 October 1930

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