Auckland City Mission desperate for financial support
MEDIA RELEASE: AUCKLAND CITY MISSION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19th DECEMBER 2016
The Mission started distributing Christmas emergency food parcels and gifts on the 7th of December and up to 300 families have come to their Hobson Street Drop-in Centre for assistance each week day since then. This week, traditionally the Mission’s busiest, is expected to be no different and it’s all hands on deck at the Mission as they work to provide food and presents to the 1,500 families who will visit them this week. Then on Christmas Day the Mission will provide lunch for 2,000 guests, people who can’t afford Christmas at home or would have been spending the alone.
The queue outside the Mission highlights the need in the community and the demand their organisation is experiencing but there is a more hidden side to the Mission’s work over Christmas. Auckland City Missioner, Chris Farrelly says that while December is the Mission’s busiest time of year in terms of providing assistance to families, it is also a crucial period for raising the funding necessary to operate its essential social services throughout the year.
“Financial donations have been worryingly low this year and with Christmas now only 6 days away we urgently need financial assistance to support families. Donations in December help assist families not only over Christmas but also in the difficult few months at the start of year when we also experience high demand. Not many people are aware of this, but over 80 per cent of the Mission’s services are funded through donations, so the funds we are raising at the moment are crucial to the provision of our services in the coming months. We would be grateful if those who have not already contributed would consider making a financial donation, of any size to our Christmas Appeal. ”
Year-round, the Mission provides a low-cost medical care service, drug & alcohol rehabilitation programme, outreach support for rough sleepers and isolated elderly people, emergency food support Auckland-wide, an activities programme and community centre for central Auckland’s homeless population, as well as a Crisis Care service for low-income individuals and families.
Donations can be made online at aucklandcitymission.org.nz or by phoning (09) 303 9200
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For more information, or to organise an interview with Missioner Chris Farrelly, please contact:
Alexis Sawyers, Team Leader – Fundraising
DDI: 09 303 9780
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Support provided by the Mission 01 July 2015 – 30 June 2016:
- 13,714 emergency food parcels distributed to families in desperate need
- 44,079 visits to our Homeless Community Drop-In Centre
- 128 homeless people supported into housing
- 186 isolated elderly assisted
- 10,339 consultations at our medical centre
- 821 drug and alcohol assessments
- 385 admissions to our residential drug & alcohol centre
- $1.48 m worth of food distributed via Foodlink and through our Crisis Care services
- 35 other community organisations supported with food
This Christmas, with your help, the Mission will:
- Provide 4,114 Christmas emergency food parcels, enabling families to celebrate Christmas at home;
- Distribute 8,000 presents to Auckland children who would otherwise miss out, including through other community organisations;
- Host 2,000 guests at our Christmas Lunch
- Continue to be there every day for Aucklanders in desperate need