Boat building staff make donation

STAFF DONATION: Koru Care Southland chairman Chris Reynolds  and Stabicraft managing director Paul Adams in the $17,000 boat built by Stabicraft staff and donated to the children’s charity.
STAFF DONATION: Koru Care Southland chairman Chris Reynolds and Stabicraft managing director Paul Adams in the $17,000 boat built by Stabicraft staff and donated to the children’s charity.

Workers at successful Southland boat builder Stabicraft wanted to do something special for children's charity Koru Care, so they clubbed together in their own time to produce one of the firm's top-line boats for donation.

The boat, a 14ft 1410 Explorer model, was handed over to Koru Care on Friday.

The charity has been running special trips for children with serious illness and disabilities for 19 years.

Southland chairman Chris Reynolds said the $17,000 boat would be top prize in the charity's raffle.

Funds raised will go towards sending a group of 10 Southland children to Disneyland in September next year, he said.

Other prizes include a trip to Stewart Island and a Fiordland experience package.

Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow at the Wyndham street races, part of this year's Burt Munro Challenge.

There would also be a big push at the Invercargill Christmas races, he said.

Stabicraft worker Wayne Hayes is also a member of the Koru Care committee.

He and several other staff members built the boat in their own time, spending evenings working on it.

"We know how hard it is to get funding now," he said. "We thought if we do it ourselves we'd be seen to be getting off our bums and making an effort."

Some of the other workers' children had been away on Koru Care trips, he said.

"It's a real benefit for the kids and a lot of kids in Invercargill are getting forgotten. It's a great opportunity for them and Koru Care is a great organisation."

The Southland Times