Editorial: Help wanted

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OPINION: To celebrate the Timaru Herald reaching its 150th anniversary, we're taking a look at some of the issues which have caught our attention over the years.

May 7, 1954

Although the battle against tuberculosis is faring well in New Zealand, the disease still has its hold and strikes impartially through the community.

The death-rate from tuberculosis has been declining for many years, but the non-fatal incidence of the disease is still high enough to create a social problem in every part of the country.

In most cases tuberculosis can be cured or arrested, but it differs from other diseases in requiring a long period of treatment, and even when treatment has succeeded, there is often a relatively long term before the victim is capable of taking his or her rightful place as a working unit in society.

Tuberculosis, therefore, creates special problems of its own and it is these problems that have become the charitable concern of the Federation of New Zealand Tuberculosis Associations.

Today, the South Canterbury Tuberculosis Association is making a street appeal for funds to enable it to carry on its necessary work in this region.

It is a voluntary organisation, dependant almost exclusively upon the response of the public to its call for funds. Any family in which the breadwinner or the mother is stricken with tuberculosis is inevitably faced with a set of problems that cannot be solved by the Social Security Department.

Supplementary help of various kinds is necessary; it may have to take the form of a cash advance, it may be a housing difficulty, it may be that domestic advice is needed.

Whatever the want may be, it is the objective of the South Canterbury Tuberculosis Association to meet it. This work is done by public-spirited volunteers who for no other reward than the stimulating satisfaction of doing good, place their time and talents unreservedly at the service of person and families needing help.

It remains, then, for the public to facilitate their praiseworthy endeavours by providing the funds that make their work possible.

Every money contribution made today will help to lift the load from the shoulder of a tuberculosis victim or a stricken family.

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- The Timaru Herald

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