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with her son,
Jack, and the
after the relay.
Chooks pockets stuffed full
THE STUFFED Chooks more than doubled their
expected target at the Relay For Life Cancer
Society fundraiser at the Rolleston Reserve.
The local group, initiated by cancer survivor
Debbie Farries, who wanted to give something
back to the volunteers from the Cancer Society
who helped her through her treatment, aimed to
raise $1000 in donations.
They exceeded that with more than $2200.
Teams at the event, which involved walking
around a circuit from 3pm on Saturday till 10am
on Sunday, featured cancer survivors and people
whose lives had been impacted by the illness, as
well as friends and supporters. A total of $20,000
Mrs Ferries and her group were grateful to
everyone who donated, and to those who came
and walked some of the track with us .
She praised her team and was already planning
for next year.
I couldn t have done it without them, and am
very proud to have such wonderful friends. We are
getting in training for next year, and would love
for anyone who would like to, to join us.
The Lincoln Envirotown Trust is co-ordinating a
series of events to celebrate Earth Hour on March
23, kicking off with an Earth Hour video One man,
one cow, one planet, at Lincoln University on March
13. A panel discussion looking at The Ultimate
Balancing Act, led by Kim Hill, will be run on March
21, again at the university, as well as an acoustic
music event, on March 22, at the Lincoln Baptist
Church Hall. There will also be the annual Barn
Dance at the Rolleston Community Centre on
March 23. For a full rundown of events or more
information, go to: lincolnenvirotown.org.nz or ring
Sue on (03) 329 5858.
West Melton's Nutpoint Centre is hosting its
annual SPCA Canterbury lunch and concert
fundraiser on Saturday, with violinist Fiona Pears
performing, along with Anatoly Zelinsky on viola
and Veronica Van der Knaap on piano. The event
will include lunch with a complimentary glass of
wine, with all proceeds going to the charity. Book
at: nutpoint.org or call 03 342 1033.
PARENTS AT Greenpark School will be given the
choice of whether they should fight for its survival
or accept its fate, board of trustees chairman Geoff
The school s proposed closure was upheld last
month in an interim decision by the Ministry
The ministry said that with a roll of 31,
Greenpark School operated well below its capacity
and required significant investment to provide a
modern learning environment . Population growth
in the wider Lincoln area could be met by other
schools in the vicinity.
After a board meeting last week, Mr McMillan
said parents would be surveyed as to what they
thought was the appropriate action.
He did not think it was the kind of decision
the board or the principal could make without
We will get their [the parents] feedback and see
what they think we should do.
The school had put in a submission to seek the
reversal of the decision, coming up with a school
of the land proposal. In a largely agricultural
community, it could provide rural-based skill
sets , to become the country s first agricultural
Mr McMillan said that while the ministry was
impressed with the idea, it said this could be
provided for by other schools in the region.
If the parents did decide to fight the decision
and the closure date, which was bumped up a year
to the start of 2014, he was unsure what direction
it would take.
Any decisions on zoning to determine where the
pupils could go to school next year if Greenpark
was closed could not be discussed by the ministry
or schools until the decision to close was finalised.
If that did happen, parents would again be
consulted on their preferences, Mr McMillan said.
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