Un­em­ployed builder is not wast­ing skills

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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