Mower man is special too
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