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The organisation aiming to save the
Kingston Flyer has launched a South Island-
wide advertising drive in an effort to secure
the financial support necessary to buy and
run it under community ownership.
The Southern F Locomotive Trust hopes to
get its message into more than 300,000
homes via advertisements in community
newspapers, including the Fiordland
Advocate, during the next few weeks.
Members of the public are asked to
complete and post back the pledge form
indicating how much they would be willing
to donate to see the dream realised.
The trust was originally set up with a view to
establishing a steam train in Invercargill but
changed its focus when the Kingston Flyer
operation was placed into receivership last
year. The change was still in line with the
trust’s objectives of saving heritage rail.
Spokesman Karl Barkley said, if successful,
the trust would ensure the train continued
to operate between Kingston and Fairlight
but would relocate the spare engine to
Invercargill and get it certified to run charter
and tour trips such as for rugby matches
in Dunedin, the Ellerslie Flower Show in
Christchurch and the Bluff Oyster
Festival – even the Wild Foods
Festival in Hokitika.
The group estimates it will need
to raise around $2.5 million but in
the meantime is targeting about 10
percent of that in pledges to give it
the basis to make a formal bid for
“We’re a long way off (the $250,000
target) but the pledges we’re getting
in at the moment are exceeding what
I’m aiming for so I think if we can get the
numbers it’ll happen,” Mr Barkley said.
“We’re only looking for $100 from 25,000
Kiwis or $25 from 100,000 Kiwis – that’s
not hard to achieve. We’re averaging $27 at
the low end and $214 at the top end so it’s
just getting that word out there.
“I think we’ll achieve it, it’s just a matter of
The trust has already raised about $30,000
but that was being eroded by advertising
and campaign costs to try get more people
behind the project. That’s why this latest
campaign was so important, Mr Barkley
“We’ll get there one way or another. It might
take another 12 months, who knows? The
more time the better for me, it gives us
more time to raise the money.
“But at the moment we’re not looking
for actual money, we’re just looking for
pledges. If I can get a good size figure
on a page we can go back to them (the
receivers)... that’s what it’s going to take.”
Trust appeals for
public help to save
The Kingston Flyer making its way into Fairlight. The Southern “F” Locomotive Trust is appealing
for pledges to help save the iconic steam train and return it to service under community
There will be a lot of cool heads in
Otautau later this month, with nine locals
volunteering to have their heads shaved in
aid of charity.
What started as a small, school-initiated
idea to shave the principal to raise funds for
a worthy cause has morphed into a massive
Otautau Primary School principal Ben
Witheford said after volunteering to have his
own head shaved, the idea was taken up
by local Ginny Cowie who, in no time, had
encouraged eight others to join him.
“It’s ballooning by the day. It’s been quite
surprising the number of people who’ve put
their hand up to say ‘yes’,” he said.
And the event was reaching the entire
community with the line-up including Mr
Witheford, Board of Trustees chairwoman
Sue Carran, school caretaker Maureen
Johnston, electrician Paul Nicholson,
mother and volunteer Jane Campbell,
mechanic Kerian “Pokey” Jackson, roofer
Brent Stearne, police officer Dave Cowie,
teacher Jill Hodgson, sheep farmer Graham
Carran and dairy farmer Nigel Manson.
All of the “victims” are seeking sponsorship,
with the price on most heads around
If all achieve their goal they will be able
to donated a tidy sum to the South Island
Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch
which has been an essential home away
from home for several Otautau families
who have had cause to use in recent years
while their youngsters undergo medical
Donations can be made at the school, at
Becky’s Hair Shed in Otautau or directly into
the nominated bank account.
People can find out how to make donations
and even make donations online by visiting
the school’s website www.otautau.school.nz
and clicking on the “Help Us” tab.
The website includes a pen portrait of each
“victim” and a tally of how much has been
raised so far.
At the school, pupils are making gold coin
donations, each of which earns them
a chance to make the first pass of the
razor over Mr Witheford’s head – “under
professional supervision, of course,” Mr
The “Great Otautau Shave-off” which will be
staged at the Otautau Sports Complex from
7pm on Monday June 28. Anticipation is
already growing and it’s shaping up to be a
huge community event.
Cool heads in Otautau
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