Church shows faith to support charity shop

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014
Society of St Vincent de Paul
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JOINING FORCES: Society of St Vincent de Paul rebuild committee member Bill Tindall, left, receives a cheque from St Mary’s Church vestry chairman Ray Bennett, while Young Vinnies member Oliver Noone looks on. 

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One good turn deserves another.

St Mary's Church has donated $1000 to help fund the rebuild of the Society of St Vincent de Paul charity shop on Stafford St, which is to be demolished next month after suffering earthquake damage.

Around $450,000 is required to cover the cost of the new building.

St Mary's Church vestry chairman Ray Bennett said the donation will help the society during a demanding time.

"We saw recently that they were having difficulty raising the money to rebuild their building. We felt it would be nice to show some co-operation and give them $1000 for it."

Mr Bennett said the donation was a way to repay the good faith the Catholic church had shown St Mary's, an Anglican church, in the past.

"If you look at it, we have used the basilica when we haven't been able to use St Mary's so it's no surprise we are reciprocating."

Society of St Vincent de Paul Rebuild Committee member Bill Tindall said he was surprised to receive the donation and described it as "very, very moving".

"It's something totally unexpected given we are competing for the same dollar to repair what has been done by the earthquakes, it's very timely.

"I think it's a great thing when you get another denomination that is prepared to support you like this. It's something that goes a long way towards moving forward I think. It's more than money, it's a symbol of what we're about."

St Mary's is also in need of repairs following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Mr Tindall said $100,000 has been raised locally for the rebuild, scheduled to be completed in July.

He hopes to achieve a target of $150,000.

A loan of $200,000 has been secured from the society's head office, while Mr Tindall is attempting to secure funds from organisations such as the New Zealand Lotteries Commission to make up the shortfall.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Rebuild Committee is holding a St Patricks night fundraiser on Saturday at the Caroline Bay Hall and tickets are available from Mr Tindall on 03 684 9750.

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- The Timaru Herald

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