Spud dig proceeds given to trust

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Helping hand Jadyn's Helping Hand founder, David Barton (left), is handed a cheque from Mataura RSA junior vice-chairman and spud dig co-organiser Dave MacKenzie and spud dig winner Aubrey Kelly-Williams.PHOTO: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

A $2435 cheque has been presented to a trust after the Mataura RSA’s spud dig.

The dig was held earlier this month and the funds raised went to Jadyn’s Helping Hand Charitable Trust.

Mataura RSA junior vice-chairman and spud dig co-organiser Dave MacKenzie said it was a very social day aimed at families, and getting more people into the club.

Mr MacKenzie, who organised the dig with friend Doug McGregor, said it was awesome to contribute to the charity.

“We’re a community-based organisation, so it’s nice to be able to do this sort of thing for the community,” Mr MacKenzie said.

Twelve people helped dig 53 spuds in total.

The winner was 5-year-old Aubrey Kelly-Williams, whose spuds weighed in at 7.94kg.

The event, which was held at the Mataura RSA, also included raffles, a spud auction and a barbecue.

Jadyn’s Helping Hand founder David Barton said the charity would either have fundraising events every year or it would be lucky enough to have people, or organisations such as the RSA, who gave their proceeds to the trust.

“We’re small. We may only raise and give out anything from probably $6000 to $10,000 a year, depending on the year, but it’s all about the seriously ill or sick children in the region,” Mr Barton said.

The trust helps parents of sick children within Southland and South Otago by helping reduce their financial burdens.

Jadyn’s Helping Hand has given out food parcels, petrol vouchers, has paid a power bill and has helped children in hospital.

“We just try and help the families out the best we can,” Mr Barton said.