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Supporting the community . . . Delivering books to familiarise migrant children with Kiwi culture are (from left) Timaru Suburban Lions Club president Lynnette Doggett, club member Teressa May, author Peter Hills, book manager Shelly Flintoft, Aoraki Migrant Centre support manager Katy Houstoun and staff member Mandy Wills. PHOTO: GEORGE CLARK

by George Clark

Funds from a community children’s high-visibility vest project have enabled the Timaru Suburban Lions Club to buy a set of Me and Dad children’s books to give to the Aoraki Migrant Centre.

The vests were made and sold locally, the proceeds to go towards a children’s project of the Lions’ choice.

Recently Peter Hills, author of the children’s book series, spoke at a meeting of the Lions Club.

Club member Teressa May said the easy-to-read book series was based on real-life New Zealand stories that inspired and delighted readers.

“The Timaru Suburban Lions Trust decided to donate towards the purchase of the series to go to the Timaru migrant centre,” she said.

“This would allow for visiting children to the centre to read about New Zealand stories, while giving their parents a chance to meet with the migrant centre team.”

The project was investing in the community, she said.