Van Dyks rolls out free car­pet project

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

Fam­i­lies in need of floor­ing are in for a cosy hand-up.

Van Dyks Floor­ing Ex­tra Pu­taruru is giv­ing away 25,000 square me­tres of car­pet as a re­sult of a five-month floor­ing project the com­pany is com­plet­ing in Auck­land.

The aim is to re­cy­cle 90 per cent of the re­fur­bished floor­ing to com­mu­nity groups, in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in need of it.

There are 20 storeys of used car­pet tiles and roll car­pet lengths that need re­hous­ing.

It has al­ready do­nated more than 13,000 car­pet tiles to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s Re­Store out­let in Hamil­ton.

The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion builds and re­pairs sim­ple homes on an af­ford­able ba­sis for fam­i­lies in hous­ing need.

The dona­tion, a hefty 13,000 kilo­grams, will be sold to earn vi­tal in­come for fu­ture build­ing projects.

Re­gional re­Store man­ager Paul Card­well can’t thank Van Dyks enough.

‘‘We’re very grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity from Van Dyks and we look for­ward to work­ing with them in the fu­ture.

Van Dyks ad­min­is­tra­tor Raewyn Sin­gle­ton said it was an op­por­tu­nity they couldn’t pass up.

She said the Tim­ber Mu­seum has taken 800 tiles as well. ‘‘It is great for us to see lo­cals tak­ing the car­pet.’’

But the stack to give away has only been dented slightly.

‘‘ It’s a huge project, we didn’t re­alise how big it would be.

‘‘We want to see the greater com­mu­nity ben­e­fit from it.’’

Some of the car­pet, which is all com­mer­cial qual­ity, is near new.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in pick­ing some up need to email Van Dyks their name and in­tended use so the com­pany can keep a pa­per trail of where it all goes.

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Cosy hand-up: Klaas de Vries is look­ing for­ward to load­ing trail­ers and trucks up with free car­pet be­ing stored at Van Dyks Floor­ing Xtra in Pu­taruru.

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