Best-dressed digger contest for City Mission

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2012
Christmas tank
John Kirk-Anderson

READY FOR ACTION: Santa is prepared for all terrain in his 1966 Abott tank.

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Only in Christchurch would you find a mannequin dressed as Santa perched on top of an 18-tonne tank in the heart of the red-zone. 

Christchurch contractors have been challenged to dress up their machinery to raise money for the City Mission.

To take part contractors had to decorate a digger, excavator, crane or truck in a Christmas theme, and spend no more than $100.

People can vote for the best dress-up job by donating food to the City Mission's Christmas lunch. 

''I've decorated a lot of things but I've never decorated a digger,'' Danny Cooke from Ceres Environmental said. 

''It's great to do something a bit light-hearted and, especially at this time of year...if decorating diggers means that the City Mission gets more donations, then that's a good thing.''Senior project manager for Ward Demolition John Kendall said his team ''spent all afternoon decorating this beast''.

''We put quite a bit of effort into it and the intention was just to have a bit of fun and be part of a good cause.''Gerard Daldry from Protanz Earthmoving Ltd purchased an 18-tonne Abott tank about four years because he's a ''little bit obsessed with machinery''. 

''Owning a tank is a pretty good talking point...I just love it and it's done quite a bit of charity stuff.

Getting it dressed up in a Christmas theme was a bit different though,'' he said. 

The entries will be parked on the northern corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets for public viewing and the Defence Force will be collecting food donations beside the display area. Donations of ham, potatoes, bread, vegetables or other goods suitable for the City Mission Christmas lunch are welcome.

The food will be delivered to the City Mission each morning.

Smith Crane & Construction has donated ham and potatoes as they could not get their crane to the party on time.

An All Blacks jersey has also been donated to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the City Mission.

People unable to vote in person can do it online by looking at our gallery of decorated machinery and rating each picture or voting in the poll attached to this story. The Press will make a donation to the City Mission Christmas Lunch on behalf of the people of Christchurch. We will donate $1 per vote, up to a total value of $300.

The winner will be the contractor with the most votes by Thursday morning.

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