Wellington people once again proved to be generous on CPW’s annual street appeal day, with thousands of dollars donated to care for our cats.
In a post-Covid environment, we thought street collectors would be less successful than in other years because of physical distancing.
However, the local community were as willing as ever to approach volunteers, push cash into buckets, and chat about their own cats.
More than $5,500 was collected on the streets on Friday 16 October, at Thorndon New World on Saturday 24 October, and through online donations.
Around 30 volunteers generously gave their time to collect at Wellington Railway Station early in the morning and at rush hour in the afternoon, and at stalls outside Unity Books on Willis Street and Farmers on Lambton Quay.
Brandons Law Firm kindly collected for us on The Terrace, which they have done for many years.
CPW President Iona Anderson said many people were apologetic about having only coins, but they generously gave all they had.
“One lady said she didn’t need a coffee that day but the cats still needed their breakfasts – as she
emptied her purse into the bucket! Many made comments about valuing the work CPW does, and others that they followed us on Facebook as it made them feel good.
“Our collectors and all the CPW people who worked behind the scenes are worth their weight in gold
and could genuinely replace their cat’s ears with halos!”
If you missed our appeal and you’d like to contribute, you can still donate here.