Barbecues a big help for community

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2014
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WORK IN PROGRESS: Part of the extension not quite completed at the Geraldine Museum.

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The Geraldine Lions Club is making its mark in the community - thanks to sausages.

President Kerry O'Connor spent a morning last week doling out cash for community projects.

"It has been worth every cent of it getting this extension done," O'Connor said.

The "famous" Geraldine Lions barbecue was one of the biggest fundraisers, netting almost $20,000 in funds this year alone, he said.

The Geraldine Museum extension received $5000 of the sausage sizzle money, which it will put towards flooring, and the museum has been extended by an extra exhibition room and an upstairs storage and lecture room.

The final cost of the extensions will be around $750,000.

Lions club member and chief barbecuer Bruce Chisholm had suggested donating money to the museum because he believed it was a good project.

Chisholm said it had been entirely funded by the community with no council help and would be debt free when completed.

O'Connor said Chisholm and his wife Jan manned the barbecue so they had some sway over how some of the money should be distributed.

Chisholm believed the museum extension would be better for the town as it could keep tourists around Geraldine longer.

O'Connor then paid a visit to the Geraldine Volunteer Fire Brigade where chief Graeme Mould was presented with $3600 to buy two pieces of stabilising equipment that help with extractions from motor vehicle accidents.

"We have to do a fair few of those around here," Mould said.

He said donations were much appreciated as the money they received from the New Zealand Fire Service only went so far.

"Extra funding is always welcome," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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