Help at hand for hygiene

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Hygiene products by the bucket-load have been distributed in the Clutha district.

The South Otago Health Support Trust (SOHST) has been able to assemble and distribute buckets of personal hygiene products to needy families in the district, courtesy of donations it recently received from the Covid-19 Mayoral Fund.

The fund, administered by Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan and NZ First MP Mark Patterson, was set up during the recent lockdown to support groups suffering financially because their usual sources of funding had dried up.

SOHST chairwoman Melissa Sheppard said hygiene products were often at the bottom of the shopping list for many households, especially those affected by the current economic situation.

“We know many hygiene products are not considered important because of their expense.

‘‘Families are more worried about paying rent, power bills or feeding themselves than buying shampoo or bleach, so it is great to receive the funding from the mayoral fund, which allowed us to assemble the buckets and distribute them to those in the community identified as being in need of assistance,” she said.

Mr Cadogan said organisations like the SOHST were the building blocks of community support and tangible action for people in need was what the fund was set up for.

The South Otago Health Support Trust is a charitable trust established to provide financial assistance to people requiring healthcare in South Otago.

Using a voucher system, the charity supports clients of various NGOs and healthcare organisations by providing the funds to buy healthcare services or health›related products up to a set value.

SOHST trustee Raewyn Snell said the need was still very much there and they were very appreciative of the money from the mayoral fund.