Winner to pay it forward

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012
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NATASHA MARTIN/ Fairfax NZ

KEYS, PLEASE: Constable Tim Shearer is handed the keys to the playhouse by Timaru Suburban Lions Club Raffle organiser Diane Sutherland.

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Local police officer Tim Shearer is the proud new owner of a custom-built playhouse, thanks to the Timaru Suburban Lions Club raffle.

The raffle raised about $5000 for charity - medical bracelets or pendants for Alzheimer's patients, Books for the Blind and Family Works South Canterbury.

Mr Shearer was pleasantly surprised at the win, but has decided to sell the playhouse to a family that would get better use out of it.

"I would rather see it go to someone who would use it."

He plans to donate money from the sale to the Cancer Society and to a team entered in a charity cycling race that raises money for the South Canterbury Hospice.

"I thought well, I can get them towards getting their T-shirts."

Oddly enough, Mr Shearer was at the front desk at the police station when organisers came to to draw the raffle.

The playhouse was built by club members, and Mr Shearer was impressed with the detail right down to the spouting.

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