Youths give el­derly place to sit and wait

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

It is a case of dif­fer­ent towns but same peo­ple.

That’s the think­ing be­hind a new bus stop seat in­stalled by a group of Pu­taruru Col­lege Stu­dents to help el­derly bus users in Toko­roa.

The bus stop in Vic­to­ria Pl is mostly used by pen­sion­ers but there was nowhere to sit so Year 12 stu­dents Maxim Berger, Daniel Akkersma, and Hay­den Saies were only too happy to help out.

Over the last few weeks they have been hard at work build­ing a wood and metal seat which they in­stalled at the bus stop on Thurs­day.

Wood­work teacher Marko Olls said it was all done in their own time.

‘‘All these guys are go­ing to be builders, it’s what they want to do, so I men­tioned to them that there was this need and they vol­un­teered,’’ he said.

‘‘They have been great and have been work­ing on it for a few months now in their spare time.’’

‘‘We may be in Pu­taruru but we are still part of this com­mu­nity so that’s the rea­son be­hind why we have done this,’’ he said.

Vic­to­ria Place Cor­po­rate Body Com­mit­tee mem­ber and res­i­dent John Bray said the res­i­dents couldn’t be more thank­ful.

‘‘Most of us can drive our cars still but there are a lot of res­i­dents down here who can’t drive, whether that be be­cause of a dis­abil­ity or eye­sight, so they use the bus,’’ he said.

‘‘Now they can sit and wait if they are a lit­tle bit early. It is one of the few ar­eas around here where we have now got a bus stop and a seat along­side it which I think is great, re­ally great.’’

Bray said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see youths want­ing to help out and thanked them for their ef­fort.

‘‘I am so pleased they have done what they have done for us. I think it is a great lit­tle com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive and it all helps, it re­ally does,’’ he said.

Olls said Hol­sters Sup­plies do­nated all the nuts and bolts for the project while Sur­face Coat­ings do­nated the metal.

He said he was keen to see more stu­dents in­volved in sim­i­lar projects.

‘‘I am keen to do this more for any­one that ap­proaches us for this sort of thing,’’ he said.

‘‘It is great and es­pe­cially nowa­days I think stu­dents should be very much in­volved in the com­mu­nity more and more.’’

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents, teach­ers, and a Vic­to­ria Pl res­i­dent dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a new bus stop seat for the el­derly.

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