Gore Host Lions is embarking on a project of substantial proportions – building two three-bedroom transportable houses.
Building the two houses is a fundraising project aimed at raising $225,000 to be spread equally over three years, to go towards funding the Kiwi Can programme in schools.
Club president Peter Goodger said of the club’s 30 members, eight or nine were tradesmen, meaning building two houses was an achievable goal.
The club had put the call out to businesses, service clubs and other organisations asking for help by way of donations for the build, Mr Goodger said.
Tradespeople in the district had also been approached to help with the project.
“We are going to approach the whole community to help us out,” Mr Goodger said.
He said the Kiwi Can programme administered by the Graeme Dingle Foundation was positive and worthwhile.
“It’s just an amazing programme.”
Club members believed primary-aged children were the greatest community resource and members had been encouraged by the results of social skills-based learning the programme provided at Longford Intermediate and Mataura Primary schools.
The club decided to support additional three-year programmes at St Mary’s, East Gore and West Gore primary schools, Mr Goodger said.
The two transportable houses to be built on a section in Ardwick St will feature three bedrooms and a mezzanine storage area.
The houses will come with chattels such as drapes and carpets.
“The houses are designed to be economical in operation,” he said.
“We hope to have them finished in three months.”
The club would approach real estate agents in the district to market the houses, and was open to selling them off the plans.
If the houses were not sold by the time they were built then they would be auctioned, he said.
“We want to raise in excess of $120,000 per unit.
“It has been quite a big commitment for the club.”
Graeme Dingle Foundation Southland regional manager Scott Bowden said the Lions club had started a three-year project to significantly support the delivery of the Kiwi Can programme in the three Gore schools.
“Kiwi Can is a values and life skills programme designed for primary and intermediate school students [five to 12 years old],” Mr Bowden said.
“Every child in the school receives a Kiwi Can lesson once a week, every week of the school year,” he said.
The programme delivered a range of physical, mental and creative challenges, plus high-energy, fun, safe and interactive lessons reinforcing the schools’ goals and the curriculum, he said.