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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929

Social Service Club

page 69

Social Service Club.

The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on March 15th, 1929, when a fair number of students were present. The election of officers resulted as under:— President, Professor T. Hunter; Secretary and Organiser, Mr. G. J. Sceats; Treasurer, Mr. G. McKenzie; Committee. Misses L. Mitchell, A. Duff and A. .Mason. Messrs. M. Raymond and L. Page.

Special mention was made of the solid work put in by "Mick" Millar, who, unfortunately for the Club, has been transferred to Hawke's Bay. A vote of thanks for his untiring efforts was carried with acclamation, and he was wished the best of luck in his new sphere of life.

Although not heard much of, our fellow-students can rest assured that the Club is putting in good work at Porirua, the Miramar Receiving Home, the Boys' Probation Home in Austin Street, the Girls' Home in Tinakori Road, and the Girls' Borstal Institute at Point Halswell.

A party visits Porirua every second Saturday and distributes tobacco, cigarettes, fruit, sweets, etc., to the huge delight of the patients, who look forward to our visits. They are indeed grateful for the few luxuries we give them, and students who have been out there feel amply repaid for the time so spent.

A concert party, assisted by Mrs. Mitchell, Stanley Warwick and Trevor Fisher, visited one of the villas on May 30th, and gave the patients a very enoyable evening, and on the 5th June, Mr. Leigh Hunt, under the auspices of the Social Service Club, gave a lecture, in the main building, on Scott's Last Polar Expedition, and you would be surprised how very interested some of the patients were, quite a number of questions being asked the lecturer at the end of his address, which was illustrated by some fine lantern slides.

Other than Porirua, we have not done a great deal so far this year, but hope to make up for it as the year goes on. We have taken several parties to the homes, and our girls have visited the Borstal Institute on convenient Saturday afternoons. We greatly appreciate the help we receive from the Prisons and Child Welfare Departments, who do their utmost to further our work.

But for various firms, the Club would have difficulty in carrying on owing to financial reasons. Motor firms supply our transport, Aulsebrook and Co. our biscuits and fruit, auctioneers our fruit. And recently, through the efforts of one of our committee, W. D. and H. O. Wills, Ltd., gave a handsome donation of cigarettes and tobacco. So, when our dance conies off, be there, and help our finances.

Any student desirous of joining us in our activities, has only to drop a note in the rack for one of the committee, when he will be welcomed with open arms.