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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 5. 1964.

Collectors Piece

Collectors Piece

The City Council has refused students permission to hold an all day collection on Procesh day. For years Victoria students have not been able to collect large sums for charity because of the inexplicable restriction laid down by the council that we may only collect during the hour or so in wihch the Procesh winds through town.

Other Universities have all day collections: other organisations in Wellington have all day collections—but no, students may not.

The Red Cross and Returned Services make all day collections. Do they have a special claim on the hearts of citizens that the Multiple Schlerosis Society, the Intellectually Handicapped Society, the other charities chosen annually as being deserving causes, don't hold? Or are we to suspect that subtle political pressures are put on the council from the R.S.A.?

And why does the council give no reason for refusing permission? The request was made in reasonable time for adequate consideration to be given. But no. Our city fathers have sat in judgment.

No matter that Canterbury students can raise £4,000 or so, whilst Victoria can only raise £455!

So, unless there is a sudden change of heart from someone in the civic chambers—students will again be given a chance to do a second-rate job!

An hour-long collection.

What next?

And Mr. Kitts speaks of the closeness of the university and the city !