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30 May, 2013
Local, Loyal and Loving it!
The Midlands Rugby Club’s two
senior teams are bald after an
impromptu fundraising effort that
saw a staggering $7751 raised
from a crowd of just 200.
The extraordinary generosity
came at the club’s annual Stars
in their Eyes fundraiser on May
18 in which the club’s players
and supporters dress as a range
of pop stars and entertain with a
hilarious menu of lip synching and
dance. Support for that event had
already raised about $6000 to be
spent on uniforms and equipment.
Organiser Melissa Vining said two
weeks before Stars in their Eyes
some of the club members who
had played rugby over the years
with members of the Menlove
family learned of the death of
Megan Menlove and wanted to do
something for her husband and
children. They let it be known that
if they could raise $2000 on the
night, five of the club members
would have their hair shaved off at
Stars in their Eyes. In the interim,
they also decided to help the
Hindle family, another well known
and respected local family who
were in the same situation – two
primary school-aged daughters
having lost their Mum to cancer.
Nobody could have predicted the
depth of feeling for the cause
from the 200 people at the show.
When the charity shave-off was
announced, a representative from
Central Southland Freight stood
up and pledged the full $2000
required for the five players to lose
From there the money continued
to roll and more and more players,
both past and present, stood up
and volunteered to go under the
clippers as long as the money kept
And it did.
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Midlands’ bald generosity
Members of the Midlands division 2 rugby team pictured at training last week -- bald since their mass head shaving
earlier this month.
PHOTO: Neville Skinner
Rockfall, treefall and snow have
combined to make a problematic
week for workers on the Milford
The road closed at the Chapel,
just below the eastern entrance to
the Homer Tunnel, last Thursday
to enable contractors to begin
work on clearing a large area
of unstable rock high above the
western portal – a job estimated
to take between 10 and 14 days.
However, bad weather has meant
that so far only one day (Friday)
has been able to be spent on the
New Zealand Transport Agency
southern area manager Peter
Robinson said workers, suspended
on ropes, managed to manoeuvre
the drilling rig and compressors
into place before having to batten
down and protect all the gear from
the forecast snow which began
falling that evening.
Since then bad weather had
prevented a return to the
mountain and forecast gales in
the next few days were also likely
to delay work.
In the meantime, strong winds on
Sunday brought down about 2ha
of trees at Deer Flat, blocking the
road and forcing its closure from
the Mirror Lakes.
“It was quite extensive,” Mr
Robinson said of the treefall,
adding that there were a lot
of intertwined branches to cut
through which took until Monday
evening to be cleared.
Then came the snow, forcing the
closure of the road altogether.
Elsewhere contractors worked
hard to ensure that State Highway
94 remained open and although
the Gorge Hill was closed to
towing vehicles for a period,
traffic was able to keep moving.
People wanting to travel between
Lumsden and Kingston were not
so lucky, with conditions forcing its
closure for much of Tuesday.
The Milford Road was open again
(up to the tunnel) by Wednesday
although it remained closed to
towing vehicles. Chains must be
carried by all vehicles on the road.
Anyone who drives past warning
signs requiring chains further
down the Milford Road may be
liable for a $750 fine.
Drivers are urged to take caution
on southern roads and be extra
careful if it freezes overnight. For
state highway conditions, please
check www.nzta.govt.nz and for
further general roading updates
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