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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943

Blood from a Stoned? — £600 for the Second Front

Blood from a Stoned?

£600 for the Second Front

That anti-fascist "minority" has been at it again—hundreds of them! Blinded by political prejudice or perhaps just dazzled by hopes of untold wealth, several hundred V.U.C. students contributed approximately £600 to the four-day Liberty Loan campaign held in the College two weeks ago. This is a magnificent response from the 900 students at the College, for many of them had already subscribed heavily to the loan in the various offices where they work. The poverty of students is traditional, and while today few if any at Victoria exist on bread-crusts and water in dim garrets, they are still a relatively impoverished section of the community. However, students of Victoria have shown themselves willing to make sacrifices, for they remember an even greeted tradition which claims that students are always in the vanguard when it is freedom that is being fought for. To such people it was hardly necessary to reiterate the purpose of the loan, the vital urgency to spur on the war effort in order that fascism may be overcome throughout the world, but the posters displayed in the College and the leaflets distributed left no room for doubt in anybody's mind.

Conceived in the first place by Jim Winchester, the idea was taken up by an enthusiastic committee headed by "Irish" O'Brien and Hylton Burt, all of whom put in much hard work before the campaign was opened and also during its progress. Dozens of students helped during the four days to sell bonds and distribute leaflets, though a promised campaign by Mr. Te Punga in Weir House fell through.

Besides all these workers, the organisers wish to thank the principal and staff, the post office authorities, the executive, and Mr. Lopdell and the T.C. students, all of whom cooperated so willingly in making the campaign a success.