Funds from 4WD trip benefit local groups

On Sunday 28th of February around 370 vehicles took advantage of beautiful weather and accessed private farm tracks in the upper Rakaia Gorge area in a 4wd safari organised by the Methven Lions Club. Project organiser Gary Rackham was very pleased with the public support for this event and said the day ran very smoothly thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.
It was a special opportunity to see some wonderful Mid Canterbury high country, an area that most people don’t have the chance to visit. The excursion travelled through Glenfalloch and Lake Heron Stations, access was kindly made available by the Todhunter families. Amazing views of the upper Rakaia River, Lake Stream and Mid Canterbury back country were seen from the farm tracks.
The funds raised are used by Methven Lions to support local charitable needs, with donations already made to three local groups. Methven Search and Rescue has received $3000 to help fund new jackets, the Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit received $2000 for defibrillator equipment and the Upper Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Unit $1000 for Medical Packs.
Methven Lions President Graham Campion today presented cheques to Graham Smith of the Alford Forest Fire Unit, Lew Shaw of Methven Search and Rescue, and Willy Ensor of the Upper Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Unit.

Lew Shaw of Methven SAR models one of the flash new Swazi Hi Vis jackets bought with funds donated by Lions

Lew Shaw of Methven SAR models one of the flash new Swazi Hi Vis jackets bought with funds donated by Lions

President Graham Campion presents Graham Smith of Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit with a cheque for $2000 to buy defibrillator equipment

President Graham Campion presents Graham Smith of Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit with a cheque for $2000 to buy defibrillator equipment

Willy Ensor of Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Brigade accepts a $1000 cheque to help buy first aid equipment

Willy Ensor of Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Brigade accepts a $1000 cheque to help buy first aid equipment

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