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Te Anau Scouts are the beneficiaries of a
fundraising dinner being held by the Rotary Club
of Fiordland next weekend.
With 100 members, the Te Anau Scout group
is the seventh largest in the country and it has
outgrown its modest scout den on the outskirts
of Te Anau. Proceeds from the event will go
towards the replacement of the building.
Rotary Club spokesman Mike Schuck said it
was three years since the club had run a charity
dinner. It would be accompanied by a silent
auction with goods donated by the local business
community. The guest speaker would be
Southland’s Crown Solicitor Mary-Jane Thomas.
Scout leader Noel Walker said the old building
previously a Department of Conservation
workshop – was well used but often fell short of
the group’s needs. “It’s given us great service
and we love the site dearly,” Mr Walker said.
However, there was only one toilet, a very sparse
kitchen area and no facilities for disabled
people. With groups of 40 or more there at a
time, the one activity room could get very noisy
Ideally the replacement hall would have one
large area where games could be played, with
smaller rooms for training and other activities, he
said. The kitchen did not need to be flash, just
big enough for groups to learn cooking skills. A
Rotary gets behind Scouts
Northern Southland College students and
supporters are gearing up for their second
Oreti River Raft Race on Anzac Day.
Held for the first time last year as a
fundraiser for a school trip to Australia, the
event was so successful that plans were
made to repeat it this year.
Principal Tom Clark said the route took the
hardy sailors from Christie’s property near
Mossburn, down river for a total of almost
10km. There were very few rules, with
the objective simply to get the unpowered
rafts and their crews of four across the
finish line in tact.
“It’s just a good bit of fun,” he said.
Some people put a lot of effort into their
raft construction; others were little more
than inner tubes tied together.
“There are some interesting designs.”
And, even without the dubious stability of
some of the rafts, the event was likely to
also involve a lot of “pushing and pulling”
through the shallows, depending on river
levels on the day.
About 15 teams entered last year and
hopes were high for even more this year.
Prior entry was encouraged but it was fine
for anyone to enter on the day. Entry cost
$10 per team member, with a maximum
of four people per raft. All participants had
to wear a lifejacket and anyone aged 12 or
under had to be accompanied by an adult.
A sausage sizzle at the finish line was
included in the entry fee.
Proceeds from this year’s event would
go towards the purchase of new video
“We will have no trouble spending it,” Mr
NSC ORETI RIVER
Saturday April 25, 2009
$10 per team member (maximum 4
Participants 12 and under to be
accompanied by an adult
Entry forms from Lumsden
Prescriptions and Gifts
Inquiries to: Tom (03) 201-6270 or
Sandra (03) 248-8514
Hardy sailors test raft of skills in watery challenge
DINNER & AUCTION
Friday April 24, 2009
Village Inn, Te Anau
Guest speaker Crown Solicitor Mary-Jane
Tickets $70 per person
Contact: Mike Schuck 027-534-2775
couple of showers would also be handy.
Early estimates put the cost of the project about
$200,000, however, it was still in the planning
stages. The club hoped to have enough money
in hand soon to enable detailed designs to be
drawn up that would give a realistic idea of cost.
“Until we get the cost no-one’s prepared to say
“yes, let’s do it”,” he said.
If it goes ahead, the scouts would see their new
den as a community facility that would get much
wider use and there were also visiting scout
troops from New Zealand and overseas that
used it while visiting the area or walking the local
tracks, Mr Walker said.
Mr Schuck said the Rotary Club was still
interested in hearing from anyone able to donate
an item for the auction, or attend the dinner.
Tickets are on sale for $70 per person.
The Te Anau Scout troop has outgrown its one-room den.
Te Anau Scout leader Noel Walker outside the dilapidated scout den.
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