Res­i­dents set sail to save Gnomesvill­e

South Western Times - - News -

Res­i­dents of Ocean Star Vil­lage have con­structed a res­cue boat to help in the clean-up ef­fort of Gnomesvill­e – a com­mu­nity rav­ished by dev­as­tat­ing floods late last month.

Ocean Star Gnomeads 2018 will be launched to­day at Gnomesvill­e by the res­i­dents, equipped with oars, lights and fish­ing lines for search and res­cue op­er­a­tions.

The hull has been fash­ioned from a plas­tic baby bath, the sail is made of hes­sian and is at­tached to a sin­gle mast sprout­ing from a spa­cious deck with plenty of room for sur­vivors and crew alike.

Vil­lage re­lief life­style or­gan­iser and project mas­ter­mind Robyn Gib­bons said the project was a com­bined ef­fort between the Ocean Star res­i­dents, staff and ex­ter­nal re­la­tions.

“One of the work­ers here and her hus­band put the bot­tom in and the sail and ropes, spend­ing a lot of time on week­ends do­ing that,” she said.

“Res­i­dents also con­trib­uted a lot of ideas and sat glu­ing things on – it was re­ally a com­bined ef­fort from every­body here.

“Even the res­i­dents who couldn’t help have been re­ally taken aback by it – they love it!”

Ocean Star res­i­dents and staff will travel to Gnomesvill­e this af­ter­noon to of­fi­cially launch the ves­sel, with Ms Gib­bons say­ing she de­cided some­thing had to be done when she saw the set­tle­ment be­ing flooded.

“I think the Gnomesvill­e res­i­dents will be thank­ful and re­ally happy to re­ceive the ex­tra as­sis­tance.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Ocean Star Vil­lage res­i­dent Shirley Boekhout was in­stru­men­tal in the com­ple­tion of OceanS­tar Gnomeads 2018, do­nat­ing much of her time to help de­sign the lay­out and glue things in place.

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