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Students help keep needy residents warm

May 17th, 2010

Students at St Peter Chanel School associated with St Vincent de Paul, also known as the Vinnies, has been loading and distributing firewood to Motueka's needy folk to help them keep warm through the winter as power prices rise.

Malcolm Garrett and Bill Nugent instigated the project last year after the Community Board suggested something should be done about using wood cut as part of apple orchard maintenance, and they have been coordinating the project since last winter.

"The young fellows out at Abel Tasman Education Trust were cutting wood from apple trees as part of their training course on chainsaw use, and the problem was what to do with the wood," Malcolm told Motueka Online. "Bill and I got access to a little tip truck and we got the lads to dump the wood at the church grounds. From then it was just a matter of organising people, often from various other churches, to come along and cut it up for firewood. And now the students are loading and delivering it to people who are desperate for help in heating their homes."

He says needs were assessed by a wide variety of groups and a list compiled for distribution. This has been a combined project of local churches and community groups.

Bill Nugent, tip-truck driver, watching the children load apple firewood in church grounds

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