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BRITISH AND BELGIAN RELIEF.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND. LORD LIVERPOOL’S REQUEST. [Per United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, October 17. His Excellency the Governor has issued the following:—■ -Poor of Great Britain and Ireland and Belgium Relief Fund. — The above fund was started'somo little time ago for the purpose of relieving distress among the poor, which was bound to make itselt apparent, especially during the winter months which arc now approaching. The committees in Wellington and Christchurch asked me whether I would assume the office of patron of the fund and assist them in its administration, a request to which I have gladly acceded. lam pleased to be afforded this opportunity of saying how much the splendid and self-sacrific-ing efforts of all the people of these islands are appreciated by those in the Old Country, and, while desiring to avoid overtaxing the public generosity, and having in view the fact that war may entail hardships on' the people of New Zealand before its conclusion, the committee trust that all those who may see this appeal will not consider it incumbent on them to contribute, as the fund was started solely with the object of collecting and expeditiously forwarding the contributions of those desirous of relieving distress in Great Britain and Ireland and Belgium. While bearing in mind the undesirability of duplicating patriotic funds or interfering in any tvay with existing ones, the committee are most anxious that their fund should be efficiently administered, and as it appears to them undesirable to amalgamate it in any one particular centre, because such course would make it difficult to administer and control, they suggest that all centres who have collected subscriptions should forward or notify their contributions to the general secretary or Mr Shallcrass, and I will myself then see they are forwarded Homo in bulk as soon as the fund is closed. It is suggested that all contributions, whether in money or kind, should be sent to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales’s fund for distribution by the committee of that fund, and that the High Commissioner should 1 at the same time be asked to notify me the manner in which contributions have been dealt with. Any gifts in kind will be forwarded as opportunity arises, but it would bo as well to advise Mr Shallcrass before sending them to him, as at the present time it is exceedingly difficult to find ship accommodation. It is proposed to send the first instalment of the fund on October 31. No date has yet been fixed for definitely closing the fund. In conclusion, it must ho remembered that H.R.H. the Prince of Wales's fund is for the relief of distress in Great Britain and Ireland, but it is proposed to request the committee of this fund to apply such part of the fund (not exceeding 25 per cent, thereof) as they may flunk fit for the relief of the Belgian P ool ’- Liverpool.

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BRITISH AND BELGIAN RELIEF., Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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BRITISH AND BELGIAN RELIEF. Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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