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The Spike or Victoria College Review October 1929

Social Service Club

Social Service Club.

The activities of our Club have been somewhat hampered lately owing to the large amount of sickness there has been in the homes we visit. Ever since last "Spike" was published till quite recently, the Miramar Receiving Home for Children has had some illness or another prevalent there. First a diphtheria epidemic, then influenza, and then some more diphtheria, with the result that we have taken only one party to the kiddies this term. Numerous times we have had arrangements made but had had to cancel them at the last minute.

During the vacation, some of our more leisured members took the boys of the Austin Street Home for a day at the beach. It was a beautiful day, not only enjoyed by the boys, but also by our members. The outing away from the environs of the home did them a world of good.

At the Tinakori Road Home also there has been a lot of sickness this year. Influenza has been very prevalent till lately, and now they are busy preparing for a bazaar they are having shortly.

The only branch of our work going along as usual is at Porirua. So far this year we haven't missed one visit. Our arrival is very much looked forward to, and when leaving are always asked when we are coming again. Our fellow-students would be very interested in some of the inmates we meet out there. On one visit recently we met a man who studied law with our Chief Justice (Hon. M. Myers). He spoke very well and fluently on varied subjects, but, of course, had a kink somewhere.

Our girls visit the Borstal Institution at Point Halswell regularly every second Saturday afternoon. They organise games for the girls and give them some music, which is greatly appreciated.

Early in July our Club held a Social and Dance in the Gym., when, thanks to the Haeremai Club, we came out with a credit balance. It was quite an enjoyable affair, and all those present thought it was a great success.

Then, in August, we held a Dance in conjunction with the Christian Union, but sad to say, it showed a considerable loss. The dance itself was a very pleasant one, bat unfortunately the Haeremai Club didn't roll up in force about 1.3 as they did last time.

We hope that when the examinations are over that the students will come along in force to help us with the kiddies' Christmas parties.