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Wednesday November 22 2017

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News Moody scarecrow joins group •From page 1 It was made by Moody’s former club Lincoln, and sponsored with $1000 by Lincoln Challenge. Principal Mike Molloy said pupils were excited to have Moody visit with some wearing All Blacks and Lincoln tops. For the four months leading up to the jubilee the scarecrows will remain in the paddock on Shands Rd to promote the fete event. Businesses have got on board, either sponsoring a scarecrow at $1000 or delivering their own scarecrow to get behind the event. The fundraising will go towards a jubilee pavilion structure to be installed over the school’s netball court area. Last month the school sent out an email asking businesses to either supply or sponsor a scarecrow.

It has quickly gained traction with the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 project team being the first to sponsor a scarecrow worth $1000. Four more sponsors are likely. Other scarecrows have been made, donated by organisations including the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade and the New Zealand Defence Force. The idea of the scarecrows first came to life when the school was planning a fete to be held as part of its school celebrations in March next year. “At the same time the scarecrows were developed by one of our board members who is a very creative designer,” Mr Molloy said. The original scarecrows Trev and Betsy, created by Belinda McMillan, have fast become celebrities in the community.

It was suggested by another board member Paul Hill to create a scarecrow paddock and have them sponsored. “We believed that each business had their own story to tell and that the scarecrow gave them a vehicle to incorporate their persona, staff and business activities,” Mr Hill said. He said the children have loved getting to know members of the community The scarecrows now have Facebook pages, Instagram and the school often receives phone calls and emails asking about the display. “It has just taken off,” Mr Molloy said. •For more information or to take part in the project email scarecrows@ broadfield.co.nz or visit the Broadfield Scarecrows Facebook page

NEW FRIENDS: Betsy and Trev Broadfield made by Broadfield School board of trustees member Belinda McMillan.

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Man taken to hospital after jet boat crash „„ By Georgia O’Connor-Harding TWO MEN had a lucky escape when their jet boat flipped and landed on a bank and became partially submerged on the Rakaia River on Saturday. The incident led to one man having to dig his way out from underneath the boat. Rakaia Volunteer Fire Station senior station officer Tyrone Burrowes said while the man was partially under the water he was able to breathe. “He was trapped but not life threatening,” he said. The other man was thrown out of the boat causing his leg to be pinned beneath the boat and the bank. It resulted in the second man receiving moderate injuries and he was taken to Ashburton Hospital for X-rays. Mr Burrowes said a mechanical failure was the cause for the jet boat tipping. Emergency services were alerted to the incident by a passerby. It was attended by the Rakaia Volunteer Fire Brigade and ambulance services.

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