Free ride cuts down the ef­fort

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TA­MARA THORN

A Hos­pice vol­un­teer is over the moon after re­ceiv­ing some new wheels to make his job much eas­ier.

Lake Taupo Hos­pice was given $3200 by Craters of the Moon which was used to buy a new rideon lawn­mower.

Grass main­te­nance vol­un­teer Brian Bock­ett said hav­ing a new ride on lawn mower is great. His new ma­chine couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent to the old-style, man­ual hand mower he has been us­ing.

‘‘When the grow­ing sea­son starts we will have to be con­stantly on the mower,’’ he said.

‘‘I haven’t used a ride on mower be­fore so this is a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me.’’

The lawn­mower pur­chased with the grant was supplied by STIHL Taupo at a special price.

Hos­pice Fundrais­ing and pro­mo­tions man­ager Leanne Vlaan­deren said their new prop­erty was much big­ger and a hand pushed mower was no longer suit­able. ‘‘Thanks to Craters of the Moon for see­ing the need for the grant ap­pli­ca­tion and to STIHL for the es­sen­tial piece of equip­ment.’’

Craters of the moon ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager Linda Sy­mons said the Trust has returned more than $650,000 to the Taupo com­mu­nity since 1995.

‘‘In the distri­bu­tion ear­lier in 2017, 15 dif­fer­ent lo­cal com­mu­nity groups were sup­ported, in­clud­ing a ride-on mower for the Hos­pice.’’

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