On Monday 25th June I spent the day with Conservation Volunteers Wellington. I assisted with planting seeds, transplant seedlings and built a couple of planter boxes for the native trees to cope with the overflow of Native birds leaving Wellington’s Zealandia Bird Sanctuary. Had a really cool day, got lots accomplished and met some awesome people. It was a really enjoyable day.
I was collecting for Ronald McDonald House who have a family room attached to Southland Hospital. My wife Sarah stayed there after our third child (of four) Hamish had some complications and had to spend two weeks in neonatal (even though he was 9lbs). They were absolutely fantastic and made our lives so much easier at a pretty stressful time. I spent the morning helping to set up some collection displays and in the afternoon spent 4 hours over two shifts collecting at two different locations.
Well, after one postponement due to weather, we could not have got a better day for this project. 11 people came out to help and we worked the whole day, weeding, cleaning up leaves, trimming trees, painted some fences, re-cut edges around lawns and left the roses to the the old knowledgeable guru’s to trim lol. All in all a terrific amount of work which without the help of the people from Kiwanis, the family simply could not have achieved. Their daughter, Chrissy, was out of hospital for the weekend. She is being treated for Leukemia, and the reaction from her regarding all the people helping out her family was quite touching. It was a small but great project to have been involved with.
On Saturday 24th February Ron Taylor, Wayne and Sharon Eade rode in the Rotary Presidents Charity Cycle Challenge (RPCCC) 160km bike ride from Te Anau to Invercargill, raising money for Men’s Health NZ. We had a total of 23 riders on the day, most of them did the whole 160km and some joined us at Mossburn for the 100km ride to Invercargill. I did the 160km and Wayne Eade and his wife Sharon both did the 100km. If you planned for the perfect day for such an event well that’s exactly what we had, i.e. good temperature of 20-22°, some cloud cover so not too much direct sunlight, mild tail or cross winds, and no rain. Thanks to your wonderful generosity I was able to raise $5,600 and the total raised for Men’s Health was a whopping $17,700, so not a bad effort for just 23 people. As the organiser of this event, I am very proud of the efforts of the riders, support/safety vehicle drivers, volunteers, and sponsors to make this event an absolute success. They are wanting to do it all again next year to make it even bigger with more riders and hopefully get a corporate sponsor on board, and I have agreed to organise it again.
Luke and I had a brilliant day volunteering on Wednesday 7th March with the Friends of Matakohe in preparation for their open day celebrating the release of the 150th young Kiwi from the island to the mainland. The powhiri will include local Kaumatua, Whangarei Mayor and Councillors and an MP, so we spent the day mowing the lawn and grubbing thistles around the ruins (partly due to the Army practicing demolition in 1979) of the old Cement Works which closed in 1918. Forecast for stormy weather didn’t happen which was just the icing on the cake! Thanks to SAECOWilson for the opportunity to contribute to our local community in a positive way.
Matthew Shea at the IHC Community Shop in Stoke February 2018 which is run by volunteers. They were fantastic and fun; and just loved to be in a position to help. The IHC Charity Shop sell recycled items including cloths, furniture, toys, jewellery, music, DVD’s and homeware items. I was their “muscle” for the day (hopefully I didn’t let them down). After meeting the team I went with Bruce to Tapawera to pick up a large cabinet. On my journey I got to know Bruce and his background, he gave me some very sound advice about “tom foolery” in the workplace and where to draw the line. On our return Bruce finished up and I spent some time with Karlin in the store. Karlin was a real character who had recently represented at the Special Olympics playing golf. Karlin also had some advice for me, I was pushing for some golf tips but the conversation quickly turned around to Ladies. Unfortunately I am not as smooth as Karlin and will just keep my head down. After lunch I did some cleaning (don’t tell my wife), lugged a few larger and heavy items for customers to their vechile’s, put up a window display and arranged the DVD’s and CD into order. The DVD’s were a breeze but the CD’s not so as they were predominantly pre 80’s music, I really needed Marks extensive music knowledge!