Most kiwi kids can remember the hours spent building and creating in the sandpit at their local play centre. Recently David Hutcheson, former Rotary North Harbour President, has been hard at work creating a fleet of high quality diggers for North Shore playcentres and ITM was really pleased to be able to get involved.
The project began when an 44 year old toy digger from Takapuna Playcentre finally became unsafe for play. This much loved toy was something that Mr Hutcheson felt passionate about and he immediately responded by creating 2 new replacement diggers in his garage.
This DIY and community spirit was then taken to the next level as he set about making one digger for each of the 21 playcentres in the North Shore Association.
Donations were an important part of making this project happen and ITM were happy to support Glue Guru, Paint Tech and Mahurangi Sheet Metals in providing materials towards the building of the new diggers, but the real hard work came in the form of around 1200 hours of time volunteered to build these.
Mr Hutcheson says that all the hard work was worth it when he was able to see how happy the kids were when presented with the diggers. “The smiles of those kids would light up Queen Street on a dark night.”
The diggers were presented to all the playcentres at the “Charity Big Dig” family beach day at Takapuna Beach on May 12 and featured a beach dig, tug of war and sand castle building competition along with plenty of digger driving! The event was a huge success and with the support of a number of local North Shore businesses it was possible to present every child with a prize or gift.
“When you think that the original digger lasted 44 years and consider the number of kids able to enjoy it over that time, well, we have effectively multipled that by 21. That’s a lot of happy kids!” said Mr Peter Lietz, Rotary North Harbour president elect.
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