District’s generous people impress

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It is all hands on deck, six months into Timaru Salvation Army Lieutenants Jacob and Emma Howan’s posting in South Canterbury.
The Howans took the reins from Majors Murray and Wendy Sanson in October and have been busy this week with the 2017 Red Shield Appeal.
Mr Howan said the focus of this year’s appeal was to end poverty in New Zealand.
Referencing a recent Salvation Army report, The Truth about Poverty in New Zealand, Mr Howan said 212,000 New Zealand children lived in income poverty while 8% of Kiwi children faced severe material hardship.
“In South Canterbury, nearly 50% of the people we are helping have children,” Mr Howan said.
Assistance from the army ranged from food parcels to budgeting advice, he said.
“Sometimes it’s employment-related and sometimes people who are working have challenges.
“With the way things are now all it takes is an unexpected bill, and it can tip the balance.”
The Howans were still learning in terms of their roles in Timaru, he said.
“We have got a really good team here which has helped us learn and we continue to be blown away by the generosity of people of South Canterbury.”
Mr and Mrs Howan completed a two-year training programme with the army in 2016, in preparation for their roles.
The couple are both longstanding Salvation Army members, Mrs Howan with the Whanganui Corps and Mr Howan with the Wellington South Corps.
Both spent several years working in Wellington before entering training with the Salvation Army.