Riding group wins paint giveaway

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Painting the town... Guthrie Bowron Gore owner David Broome displays the store’s Berger paints. 100 litres of paint will be given to Riding for Developing Abilities.

The winner of the “Berger New Zealand Paint for a Mate” competition will not be looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Riding for Developing Abilities representative Carol Dawson said she was pleased the group had won the paint giveaway.

“We really appreciate the support we got from the community,” Mrs Dawson said.

While there were no firm plans yet on how the 100 litres of Berger paint would be used, she thought the sheds and horse shelters could do with a fresh coat.

“It would be lovely to get them all tidied up.”

The competition was run by Guthrie Bowron in conjunction with Berger.

Guthrie Bowron Gore owner David Broome said the competition had run at stores throughout the country.

He got his store involved because he wanted to give something back to the community.

“You want to help people that help other people,” Mr Broome said.

“It’s for groups that need it and will benefit from it.”

He had been in business for 27 years thanks to the support of the community.

“Gore’s a very good town.”

The competition, which ran throughout June and July, was open to not-for-profit community groups.

The competition had been run very democratically, he said.

Groups had to be nominated by members of the public in-store or online.

The three groups with the most nominations made up the final selection, the winner being decided by customers’ votes.

Mr Broome said he would visit Mrs Dawson at Riding for Developing Abilities soon to talk about the group’s paint requirements.

“We’ll make sure she gets what she needs.”

The value of the prize was about $2000, although this depended on “a few variables” such as paint type and colour.

“It’s a significant amount.”