Lions use dry summer to stock up for winter

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 10:08 18/12/2012
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SUPPLIED/ Peter Maslin
FIREWOOD FUNDRAISER: Owen Price, left, and Ira Graham, two of the regular workers in the Temuka Lions Club in front of a pile of oregon firewood.

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Members of the Temuka Lions Club have been working hard this year to get firewood ready, cut and dried for next year.

Organiser of the project Ira Graham said about nine truck and trailer loads had been delivered so far to the club in the last two months.

With a shortage of locally available firewood this year much of it has had to be brought in from out of the region.

In spite of his age 82-year-old helper Owen Price said he thoroughly enjoyed cutting the wood into rounds ready for splitting.

"It keeps me off the streets."

Several young students and parents also helped stack firewood in return for a contribution to their sporting or cultural experiences.

Money raised by Lions is used for community projects in the district.

"We have three or four grants ready to start a picnic table area with shade sails near the children's playground in the Temuka Domain.

"This work will commence early in the new year and will enable groups of people to use the picnic table area more while their children play safely in the playground area," president Peter Maslin said.

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