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coming open homes.
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Open Sunday 3pm
is a lifesaver
Enhancing life: Driving Miss Daisy owner Kerry Reid chats about her new service with Age Concern co-ordinator Grace
Dykstra and senior citizens co-ordinator Linda Leckie.
By CHE BAKER
Deadly concerns for elderly
people left with no transport after
the only Alexandra taxi service
closed down have been eased after
a companion driving service was
launched last week.
Driving Miss Daisy, a driving
franchise based in several loca-
tions across New Zealand, was
opened by Alexandra woman
Ms Reid, who had worked for
Presbyterian Support for three
years, started the service after
finding the needs of some
community members were not
Age Concern co-ordinator Grace
Dykstra said she had serious
concerns for elderly people in the
area when the only taxi service in
Alexandra closed down in August.
''It's a wonder there were no
fatalities,'' Miss Dykstra said.
Elderly people were calling saying
they had no food in the house and
were leaving getting to medical
treatment until too late, which
meant they were having to be
dropped off at Dunstan Hospital,
It stretched the services at the
hospital so much, it ran out of
beds and went into a ''Code Red'',
Senior citizens co-ordinator Linda
Leckie said for elderly people the
Driving Miss Daisy service was ''a
Many people in the community
had no transport options before
the service started, Ms Leckie
However, people were urged to
use the service, ''If you don't use
it, you'll lose it'', she said.
Ms Reid will offer the service in
Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell,
Omakau, Roxburgh and sur-
''I am passionate about helping
people maintain their indepen-
dence and know that our service
is going to do so much to enhance
people's quality of life, as well as
have a positive impact on our
local community,'' she said.
Driving Miss Daisy is more than a
taxi. It meets clients at their door,
helps them into the car, takes
them to multiple destinations and
gives help as needed before
delivering them safely home, she
said. Special needs would be
catered for, including assisting
with a walker or wheelchair and
the service could also be used to
pick children up from school.
Annual appeal promotes the spirit of Christmas
By CHE BAKER
Raising a cheer: Alexandra Salvation Army community ministries support
workers Deidre Snodgrass and Bes Carbines at the Mirror office on Centennial
Ave in Alexandra where presents are being collected for the annual Christmas
appeal to help those in need.
What: The Mirror and the
Salvation Army Christmas appeal.
Donate gifts for children and
adults which will be distributed to
individuals and families in Central
When: Now. Donations will be
accepted until Friday, December
How: Leave gifts under our tree at
the Mirror office, 57 Centennial
Donation ideas: New, unused
gifts for all ages, including
teenagers and adults, also unused
rolls of wrapping paper. (Please
leave gifts unwrapped.)
For most people, Christmas is a
time to celebrate, over-indulge
and spend time with family.
But for others it is a stressful time
and a struggle to make ends meet
to buy presents for children.
Once again the Mirror and
Salvation Army are holding their
annual Christmas appeal to help
those less fortunate during the
Alexandra Salvation Army com-
munity ministries support
worker Deidre Snodgrass said
this year had been hard finan-
cially for some in the community.
''Power bills have been horren-
dous over winter and pay and
wages just aren't keeping up with
the cost of food,'' Mrs Snodgrass
Those who had become sick or
had a family member become sick
were also struggling to pay the
cost of travel to go to Dunedin for
treatment, and more people were
using budget advice services, she
Last year, the appeal helped bring
some Christmas cheer to 94
individuals and families.
It was hoped this year the appeal
could do the same.
New and unused gifts, food such
as biscuits and sweets, toys and
''anything you would like for
Christmas yourself'' were needed
for the appeal.
''It doesn't take much,'' Mrs
People willing to help out could
also donate cash or supermarket
vouchers to help provide meals
for Christmas dinner.
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