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After a successful first month of operating
petrol pumps in Lumsden, McKeown Group
has made a sizeable donation to the local
Lumsden Pool committee secretary
Paulette Leach said they received $4000
from McKeown on Friday morning, as a way
for the company to say thank you to the
community and to introduce themselves
after installing self-service pumps at the
start of April.
“They gave us five cents on the litre which
was pretty cool,” she said. “It was just under
$4000 and they rounded it up to make it a
nice even figure.”
The donation would go towards the ongoing
cost of running the pool, either in the
form of chemical supplies or a credit with
McKeown, from whom the committee
bought all the diesel for heating the pool,
Mrs Leach said.
“Because the weather dictates how much it
costs to run the pool each season, we can
go through 700 litres of diesel in a week.”
The money was received by Mrs Leach
as well as representatives from Lumsden
School and Northern Southland College,
which utilise the pool regularly in the
warmer months, she said.
“We do a lot of our fundraising to make
sure that the two local schools can get the
most out of the pool. But it’s more than
just giving it to us, it’s giving to the whole
McKeown sales and marketing manager
Paul Lindsay said it was good to be able to
do something for the community and the
gift was well-received on Friday morning.
“We weren’t looking for too much, we just
dropped in to finalise some details with
them and they’d organised our visit and
a couple of photos,” he said. “It was very
McKeown had been pleasantly surprised
with how their new pumps had been
received since their installation, Mr Lindsay
“Indications show that it’s probably doing
better than what it was when it was a
manned operation there,” he said. “There’s
quite a bit being done after the previous
closing hours, between 6pm and 11pm. So
it’s certainly opened the scope for people’s
ability to be able to use it.”
Funds pumped into Lumsden pool
Lumsden Pool committee secretary Paulette Leach, Imogen Highfield and Daniel Titter from
Lumsden School, and Aleina Beer and Isaac Stevenson from Northern Southland College represent
the community pool to receive the donation from McKeown’s Paul Lindsay on Friday.
PHOTO: Alan Reid
By Brendan McBryde
Southland Spirit of a Nation’s quest to help
community groups raise $500,000 in a year
has exceeded its target.
The Flyer fundraising series, a fun battle
of acting, antics, auctions and sheer
audacity conceived by brand coordinator
Gerry Forde, has been pitting districts
against each other since July last year.
Within the year seven communities –
Winton, Te Anau, Tokanui, Mossburn,
Otautau, Gore and Riverton – have joined
in, collectively raising close to $570,000 for
their chosen local causes. Some are already
planning follow-up challenges this year.
On Saturday night it was Riverton’s turn
with the Surf vs Turf challenge held at
the Aparima College hall that sold out
well ahead of the event and brought in
about $100,000 to be shared between
the Riverton Coastguard, Primary School,
Netball and Rotary clubs.
Mr Forde said the concept worked on
local patriotism and it was great to see
audiences enthusiastically joining in. Teams
from neighbouring districts compete in a
series of stage competitions with sets of
auctions between each competition. Stage
competitions vary and include captain’s
stand-up comedy, town video, modelling,
theatre sports, singing and lip synch.
“We’ve learned so many lessons along the
way, the Flyer just gets better and better
as entertainment, a fundraiser and a
community builder,” Mr Forde said.
He said it had been particularly rewarding
to work with such passionate volunteer
“Volunteers are the backbone of the
community, the salt of the earth, if they
disappeared overnight they’d take down the
economy and the social life of our region –
to work with them is to work with the true
heroes of Southland,” Mr Forde said.
The fundraising record for a flyer was set
when Otautau defeated Ohai/Nightcaps by
one point on March 29, raising $125,000
for five community groups in the two
The highest selling individual auction item
was set at Gore this month when a set of 10
rams from Waireri Rams sold for $12,500.
Mr Forde paid tribute to those who
supported the events by buying tickets and
bidding on auction items but also those
who sponsored products and services to be
auctioned and the major sponsors Phoenix
Services, Fonterra and EH Ball who had
been loyal throughout the series.
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