Songs and stall inspire donors

Last updated 13:00 21/01/2013

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A fundraising appeal in Trafalgar St for the public to show support for a woman attacked in the Victory Community Gardens had a good response.

Nelson man Phil Rennie, with the support of the Victory Community Health Centre, set up a stall outside Farmers on Saturday morning.

He said he wanted to show support for the woman although he did not know her, and let her know there was some humanity.

The money will be put into the community centre's account for the woman.

Mr Rennie's friend, Bryce Wastney, and Mr Wastney's friend, Mel Vasic, helped at the stall from 10am on Saturday.

Mr Wastney, a musician, said he thought it would be nice to help out and show the victim the community still had some good in it. He brought his guitar and played.

Nelson business Speedy Print had donated the signs and stickers made up for the stand, he said.

Nelson woman Andrea MacGregor stopped by the stall to show her support.

She knew the victim whom she said was "like the best woman in the world".

"Before all this happened she really inspired me."

Ms MacGregor said the community support already displayed and shown again on Saturday would help the woman.

"I went to see her the other day to give her some of the gifts (from the community) and she was just blown away."

She said the woman was "all about other people" and was unaware that she had touched people.

Her friend was strong and would come back.

Mr Rennie said the stall had raised more than $100 to help the woman.

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- The Nelson Mail

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