Sweet boost for charity group

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 12:33 08/04/2014

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Chocolate lovers can get their fix and do a good deed this Easter, with truffles from Life LInc Nelson.

The newly renamed Life LInc is raising funds for its ongoing free counselling work. Volunteers spent their Saturday making truffles which they will sell to help locals in times of need.

Formerly known as Lifeline Nelson, the free counselling network has been operating independently in Nelson for 38 years.

It changed its name in February after LifeLine New Zealand, the national umbrella group under which LifeLine Nelson worked asked all LifeLine centres to merge to become one entity. The Nelson branch did not join in, so rebranded itself Life LInc Nelson.

Since the change it had been working to raise its profile and secure funding.

Life LInc clinical manager Harriet Denham said about 15 volunteers created a factory line on the weekend to create more than 5000 truffles to be sold. "It was absolutely fantastic," she said.

The ingredients for the ‘Chocolate Lovers' truffles were donated by Countdown and Trents.

Denham said she was "very grateful" to Countdown Nelson as it supplied most of the ingredients. Cake makers Chocolate Velvet lent their kitchen to the volunteers to make the treats in.

Life LInc had 432 bags to sell, each with a dozen truffles.

Some had pre-ordered the chocolate treats, and Denham hoped buyers would get in quick.

The money would go directly to the charity to provide ongoing counselling services to the community.

The truffles are $5 a bag, and can be ordered by contacting Life LInc on 548 2400 or clinicalmanager@lifelinenelson.co.nz

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