Community responds well to mother's plight
There will be no more forced marathons for Sarah Warren thanks to support from the South Waikato community.
With no car or public transport, the solo mother walked from Putaruru to Tokoroa twice in the past month to attend compulsory Work and Income meetings after threats that her benefit would be cut if she didn't.
With a meeting approaching next Friday she was fretting about making the 25-kilometre return journey in time to be home for her four children.
But her call for help has been answered.
After Fairfax Media's story yesterday, the 48-year-old has had numerous offers of rides.
Tokoroa resident Jenni Young has offered the stay-at-home mother of two her spare time driving to their appointments.
"It's the least I could do - there is no way my conscience would let me read that article then move on to other stories as if it didn't exist."
She said she only bought a car two weeks ago.
"There's no point it sitting in the garage if someone needs it."
Warren is "rapt" with the response.
"I didn't expect this. Now I'm getting support from everyone."
Warren's neighbour Rosemaree Manson has been overwhelmed by the response too.
"It just shows that there are people out there who are willing to give their time to people like us in a situation we shouldn't be."
Faced with the same dilemma as Warren, she got more than she could have hoped for coming forward: "I just wanted people to hear what is going on and be able to help others in a worse situation."
She encouraged others on struggle street to do the same.
"Don't be shy to stand up and be heard and get the help that is out there in the community."