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Auckland City Mission collects at Bruce Springsteen Concerts

28 February 2014

Volunteers Out In Force at Bruce Springsteen Concerts to Collect Donations for Auckland City Mission

• Auckland City Mission volunteers will be collecting donations at both Bruce Springsteen gigs this weekend
• Auckland City Mission is Bruce Springsteen’s charity of choice
• All donations will go to further the work of the Auckland City Mission

Auckland City Mission volunteers will be out in force this weekend at both gigs of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band to collect donations for the City Mission before, during, and after each performance at Mount Smart stadium.

Ahead of Mr Springsteen’s first New Zealand tour in a decade, the legendary rocker announced that he had chosen the Auckland City Mission as his preferred charity for his Auckland shows.

Very generously, the singer-songwriter earlier made available four VIP double passes to the City Mission to auction online. The passes sold for a total of $2000, giving the lucky bidders access to premium seats and VIP entry to the E Street backstage lounge.

Mr Springsteen, who is renowned for his support of a range of charitable causes, including food banks, also granted permission to the Mission to have volunteers collecting donations at his two performances on 1 and 2 March.

“With increasing numbers of families and individuals in desperate need coming to the City Mission for help, we are extremely grateful and proud that Mr Springsteen has decided on the Mission as his charity of choice,” says Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner.

According to Ms Robertson, the proceeds from the online ticket auction and the donations collected on both performance nights will help the City Mission to continue supporting the rising number of Aucklanders in desperate need.

“We call on all fans at this weekend’s Bruce Springsteen performances to dig deep and give generously to the Auckland City Mission. Without the help of our generous supporters, the Mission simply will not be able to meet the needs of Aucklanders who have nowhere else to turn,” says Ms Robertson.

The City Mission will have an information stand at each of the gigs, and all concertgoers are invited to drop by and find out more about the City Mission’s work. On Saturday, 1 March the stand will be open from 3:30pm – 11pm, and on Sunday, 2 March, from 3pm – 10:30pm.
About The Auckland City Mission
• Since 1920, Auckland City Mission has been helping Aucklanders in desperate need by providing excellent integrated services and effective advocacy.
• The City Mission provides its services across the Auckland region.
• Over the past four years, the number of struggling families and individuals coming to the Mission for help, has doubled, while the number of food parcels the Mission distributed during the same period, has increased by more than 40 per cent.
• In the last financial year, the City Mission distributed $1.3 million worth of food to 69 food banks and other agencies in Auckland to provide meals to struggling families who have nowhere else to go.
• The City Mission strives to foster innovation, while being flexible and sustainable.
• Over the next five years, the Mission’s vision is to have measurably improved its clients' well-being and health, and contributed to sustained social change.

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