Mower man is spe­cial too

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A few petrol vouch­ers and a thank-you is good enough for Mal Fyfe.

The Tawa res­i­dent has been mow­ing, weed­ing and spray­ing the grounds of Welling­ton Rid­ing for Dis­abled, in Kenepuru, for well over a decade. He goes up ev­ery Satur­day, some­times twice a week dur­ing the sum­mer, to mow lawns and gen­er­ally keep the area tidy.

‘‘They [RDA] said at [last month’s] Christ­mas party that I had been do­ing it for 12 years, but I think it’s more like 15 be­cause they don’t have records that far back. I’m just help­ing out a bit, it’s not that much. I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in horses and I’m just fill­ing a gap.’’

It started af­ter Mr Fyfe no­ticed a story in Kapi-Mana News, ask­ing for vol­un­teers to help out the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides horse-rid­ing ther­apy for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. He says know­ing he is help­ing such a wor­thy cause is sat­is­fac­tion enough.

‘‘It’s a spe­cial place for spe­cial peo­ple so I just want to keep it invit­ing for rid­ers and their par­ents when they come in.’’

Mr Fyfe says it was nice to be recog­nised for his ef­forts by the RDA staff and can see no rea­son why he won’t push his mower around their grounds for some time yet.

Mower man: Mal Fyfe with his trusty lawn­mower

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