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Good sticks .. With two of the bags of firewood being distributed to those in need are (from left) Rotary Club of Timaru president Peter Russell, firewood project co-ordinator Tony Henderson and Salvation Army lieutenants Jacob and Emma Howan. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

Businesses have rallied to support a local service club’s efforts to help keep Timaru fires burning.

Rotary Club of Timaru members have been sawing up unwanted pallets and giving the bags of wood to the Salvation Army to distribute to families struggling to keep warm this winter.

Club firewood project co-ordinator Tony Henderson said that since The Courier had written about the project last month, three or four businesses had come forward to offer pallets and timber offcuts, “one of which will probably supply us all we need for the rest of the year”.

“The challenge will be getting some reasonable weather so we can get the volunteers out.”

Mr Henderson said that the club was dropping off about 30 bags of firewood a week off at the Salvation Army to be distributed, and 400 bags had been donated so far.

“We’re getting feedback that people are just so thankful, so there’s definitely a need for it.

“Now we will be able to build up a supply for next year. We just need a bit better storage facility – that’s really the only thing.”