Sanford shows a vested interest in safety
Children at a Marlborough preschool will be seen and heard after a kind donation from one of the region's biggest employers.
Staff at fishing company Sanford have gifted hi-visiblity vests to Havelock's Pelorus Community Preschool for the youngsters to wear while out on their daily walks.
The move follows concerns from school staff about increased traffic in Havelock since the road changes following the Kaikōura earthquake in November last year.
Pelorus Community Preschool head teacher Lisa Brown says the vests will be especially useful as the warmer weather approaches.
"We go out on a lot of walks but have definitely noticed the roads getting busier and as summer approaches it will only get worse with more traffic on the roads.
"The vests will be a great help when we're out and about. We like to take the children out in their environment and this way they'll not only be safer but easier to see too," she says.
Sanford engineering manager Darren Brown says the company, which operates a greenshell mussel processing plant in the town, likes to be involved in the community.
A lot of the staff have children at the preschool.
"It's part of our ethos to try and help out where we can and it's a real pleasure to be able to donate the 35 vests.
"There may well be the next generation of future Sanford employees among the children sitting here today and we want to look after them," he says.
Leigh Higgins says the preschool sees the walks as a way of not only helping the children get some fresh air but including them in the community too.
"The philosophy is that the children feel part of the community and vice versa. The vests mean the children will be more visible and that's great," she says.
- The Marlborough Express