Lions make good use of fertiliser
Tawa Lions helped get local gardens blooming with the revival of a 1980s fertiliser drive this spring.
The club raised $ 700 by delivering 100 bags of Hawke’s Bay fertiliser.
Thirty years ago, a similar fundraiser was run by the Jaycees volunteer club in Tawa.
‘‘We thought, why not revive it?’’ Lions member Keith Kenderdine said.
The real draw for gardeners was having fertiliser delivered to their doors, although the slightly cheaper price was also popular, Mr Kenderdine said.
The club dropped 2500 flyers around Tawa advertising the drive, which was so successful it will be held again next year.
It was possible next year’s event would be run alongside a best garden competition, Mr Kenderdine said.
Money raised in the drive will support Lions projects in Tawa, as well as its commitment to the Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.
Over the years, the Tawa Lions have given $ 30,000 to Ronald McDonald, and have a room named after them in the family facility.
On November 7, Tawa Lions gave $10,000 to Wellington Free Ambulance, which will fund a nebuliser for each of the charity’s 25 ambulances. Nebulisers help asthmatics breathe during an attack.