Unemployed builder is not wasting skills
Builder George Sarsfield has struggled to find work since moving back to his South Waikato hometown but when others need help he’s not the type to sit back and waste his skills.
So on hearing a disabled family friend needed a new ramp to be able to get out of her house unaided Sarsfield, who goes by the nickname Spud, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help.
‘‘I left Tokoroa about 12 years ago to get my builder’s ticket which I succeeded in getting and recently I got the opportunity to come back to where my mum used to live in John St so I came home,’’ he said.
‘‘I am unemployed at the moment. I don’t know why but they don’t seem to want experience, they want younger guys so I thought I would use my skills to help people out.’’
‘‘I was with my brother who lives across the street from this Mrs Turner who I have known for years and he was telling me about this ramp up to her back door so I popped over to see her.’’
‘‘I looked at it and I was shocked because she is disabled and couldn’t get out of her house without people carrying her so I asked if I could help,’’ he said.
With no job Sarsfield knew he couldn’t afford to cover the costs himself so he got to thinking.
‘‘I put a letter together and put my CV in an envelope along with the pricing and gave it to the manager of Bunnings and they agreed to cover the cost which meant I was able to go around to Mrs Turner’s and demolish the old ramp and build her a new one,’’ he said.
‘‘It was pretty cool when they said yes. They provided over $500 worth of materials which included all the timber, nails, bolts, everything I needed.’’
He said it has made a massive difference to the lady’s life.
‘‘When I first approached her she said ‘‘but Spud nobody has ever done anything like this for me before’’ but I have known her and her husband who is now deceased for years and I just couldn’t let this go,’’ he said.
‘‘Her son has been helping her to practice getting down the ramp and where the ramp ends they can park the car right there.’’ He thanked Bunnings. ‘‘I never would have been able to do it without them,’’ he said.
Spud said he will continue to look for work and hoped something would come up soon.
If you can help Sarsfield give him a call on 027 484 7885.
Struggling to find work in Tokoroa hasn’t stopped Spud from putting his skills to good use.