Hi-vis gifts helping kids
Bright sparks from South Waikato schools will be even brighter with the use of their newly donated hi-vis vests.
Putaruru Lions have fundraised to purchase 600 hi-vis vests for six different schools in Putaruru including St Marys Te Waotu, Lichfield, Kuranui, Putaruru Primary and Putaruru College.
Member Susan Harper said the vests will be used by children and teenagers using rural buses to get to and from school.
She said the two main sponsors were Mighty River Power and Farmlands.
She said it is a way of giving back to the rural community that supports the club so strongly during its biggest fundraisers during the year.
Sergeant Jason Shailer put the idea to the Lions Club after sporadic complaints regarding the danger of young children waiting on open roads for transport.
‘‘These things are awesome in the foggy months of the year.
‘‘It’s a bit like a bike helmet though, its no good hanging on your handlebars, you’ve got to wear it,’’ Mr Shailer said.
Gone are the days of having children wait in bus shelters.
‘‘Now you see them at the end of a driveway wandering around.’’
Bright sparks: These young Putaruru Primary School children are now bright in more ways than one sporting their