Pen­sioner fire­wood help sort by City Lions

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

As tem­per­a­tures start to drop the Toko­roa City Lions are an­tic­i­pat­ing a busy sea­son of de­liv­er­ing free fire­wood to pen­sion­ers.

With that in mind they are call­ing for more lo­cals to sign up as Lions Friends to help out with de­liv­ers.

Pres­i­dent Dex­ter Mor­gan said about 120 lo­cal pen­sion­ers were set to re­ceive free trailer loads of fire­wood in the com­ing months.

‘‘When win­ter comes we have got a list of pen­sion­ers and from that list we will prob­a­bly de­liver three loads of wood to each of those recipients,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all done by Lions and we de­liver around 360 hand loaded trailer loads of wood so it is a lot of wood and we will do six or seven de­liv­er­ies each with a car and trailer in the morn­ing. The pen­sion­ers are so ap­pre­cia­tive of it.’’

Mor­gan said the wood, which is stored in the Lions’ Whakaruru St shed is sourced from the likes of sur­plus wood from Kin­leith Mill and old wind­breaks on farms.

‘‘All sorts of peo­ple ring us up and say ‘hey do you want some wood?’ which then goes to our yard to be cut up,’’ he said.

‘‘In the past, be­fore all the new health and safety rules, pe­ri­odic de­ten­tion (PD) boys would cut it up. They still help out but now we have got our own wood split­ter as well which is good for the stuff you can’t cut with an axe.’’

He said the de­liv­ery days are usu­ally a hit with lo­cal vol­un­teers.

‘‘The de­liv­er­ies usu­ally come out late April early May and again in June and July and maybe Au­gust,’’ he said.

‘‘We throw the wood in sheds for the pen­sion­ers but we don’t leave loads of wood if no one is home as we have seen cases where it’s gone miss­ing.’’

‘‘It's all done by Lions and we de­liver around 360 hand loaded trailer loads of wood so it is a lot of wood and we will do six or seven de­liv­er­ies each with a car and trailer in the morn­ing. The pen­sion­ers are so ap­pre­cia­tive of it.’’

‘‘It is a pop­u­lar project. De­liv­er­ing wood to peo­ple who need it gives you quite a nice buzz.’’

Mor­gan said if peo­ple want to sign up to help out they can do so by vis­it­ing toko­roalions.com where they will need to click on sub­scribe and fill out a form.

He said it’s just as easy if they want to un­sub­scribe down the track.

The Toko­roa City Lions are also in­volved in an ini­tia­tive where peo­ple are able to go into lo­cal forests and load a trailer with wood for $10.

The ini­tia­tive runs from Oc­to­ber un­til late March each year with all pro­ceeds go­ing back to the com­mu­nity or to the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

Toko­roa City Lions pres­i­dent Dex­ter Mor­gan is get­ting set for the pen­sioner fire­wood de­liv­er­ies.

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