Funds short for memorial plan
A misunderstanding has a Timaru committee hitting a wall in its attempts to raise money for World War I commemorations.
South Canterbury WWI Commemoration Committee chairwoman Michelle Brown said it hoped to raise $15,000 for the materials for 1500 crosses by October this year. The crosses are part of a national campaign to display 18,200 crosses at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Armistice Day (November 11) 2018.
Before that, the crosses will make up a local Field of Remembrance each Anzac Day, she said.
"Each cross represents a person from the district who died in World War I, so it's quite significant."
Unfortunately for the committee, many people think the project is a Returned and Services Association initiative when it is not, Brown said.
"We have applied for a few grants and been turned down because they believe it's an RSA thing, because I work for the RSA. We do have a couple of RSA members on the committee but it's a separate committee," she said.
On board to construct the crosses is builder Stuart Croft, but he is busy late in the year and early next year, which means the committee wants fundraising completed by October. "Stuart was explaining the situation to a boy and the next time he [Stuart] saw the boy, the boy gave him $1.
"I thought that was neat. If everyone in South Canterbury gave $1 we would have more than enough," she said.
Brown also suggested those who had family members who died in the war might want to donate for their familial crosses.
Donations can be made to Brown, care of the RSA.
The Timaru Herald