Two fundraising events and two outstanding results thanks to Presbyterian Support Otago donors. Last month OCTACAN saw over 8000 items added to the organisation’s Family Works foodbank, and earlier, the Op Shop Fabric Sale raised a staggering $15,169 for family services.
Dunedin schools and pre-schools were once again big contributors to OCTACAN, a can-trail in the shape of a koru, held in Dunedin’s Lower Octagon. Kings High School delivered 1328 items of food, one of 17 schools that participated.
During a typical winter month the foodbank gives around 9000 items to Dunedin families unable to stretch the budget to include food. The number of people needing urgent food parcels was up 39% in the June quarter compared with the same period last year.
Also contributing to Family Works’ fundraising was Presbyterian Support Otago’s annual Op Shop Fabric Sale. The three-hour sale of donated fabric, wool, craft materials, patterns, zips and buttons collected over 12 months, achieved $3000 more than the 2011 sale.
The organisation’s Communication and Fundraising Director, Lisa Wells, said those two events provided valuable contributions to Family Works: “Comparing this last 12 months with the previous year, we’ve experienced a 20 percent increase across all services for children and families, and we know this upward trend will continue for some time yet."
"We continually seek donations of funds and good-in-kind to meet such demand and are very grateful to the people who support us.” Lisa added. Presvyterian Support is one of The Tindall Foundation's Funding Managers. It's great to see them doing so well.