Hi-vis gifts help­ing kids

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

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.’’

hi-vis vests.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

Bright sparks: Th­ese young Pu­taruru Pri­mary School chil­dren are now bright in more ways than one sport­ing their

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