Fundraiser wins award

Fundraising effort rewarded. . . Gore Hokonui Lions Club president Linda Best (back left) and members Elaine Scott and Julie King (front) celebrate the club’s 2021 Hair Raiser fundraiser won a Lions Club New Zealand Top Club Service Project Award. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

A hair-raising project has won Gore Hokonui Lions Club members a national Lions award.

The group won a top club service project award for its efforts to raise money to support children with diabetes.

The club ran the Hair Raiser fundraiser in March last year, project convener Elaine Scott said.

The event was held as part of the Hokonui Community Market.

Diabetes Southland staff were invited to have a table at the market with information about diabetes.

Market-goers could also have their blood sugar levels tested by the staff.

During the market people could give money to the cause.

After the market finished at 1pm, club member Julie King’s hair was shaved off.

Former Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, who is a diabetic, helped shave her head.

Cave FM owner “Caveman” Robert McKenzie was the master of ceremonies for the shave-off.

“He had to work in the morning and he gave lots of calls out on the radio and people were coming in and making donations .. which was so wonderful.”

Mr McKenzie also offered to shave his beard off if people gave to the cause.

The event raised $2500 on the day, Mrs Scott said.

“We were amazed the community got so behind it,” she said.

One of the criteria of the award was all club members needed to involved.

If members could not be there on the day, they could help in others ways such as by selling raffle tickets or baking for the cake stall, she said.

Entries for the competition closed on March 1 and the results were announced recently.

When she found out the club had won the award she nearly cried, Mrs Scott said.

“It was just so beautiful.

“Just amazing.”

The club had already chosen the project to enter for next year’s award, she said.