Large donation for Te Puna Quarry

Members of the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions and the Te Puna Quarry at the handing over of the cheque presentation.

More than $10,000 has been yielded for the Te Puna Quarry.

The money was handed over to Te Puna Quarry representatives at a presentation on Tuesday after being raised at the recent spring Quarry Fest.

The spring Quarry Fest has been running for 10 years, with the organisation side of the event being taken over by the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club.

The spring Quarry Fest is designed for all proceeds to go back to the quarry, whereas the autumn Quarry Fest is designed for the money to go back to the lions for them to put money back into the community.

President of the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club, Doug Morris says more than $10,000 was given back to the quarry following the spring Quarry Fest.

“This is the biggest amount of money that we have raised.”

President of the Te Puna Quarry, Ian Cross, says the amount of money is a far greater amount than they had imagined.

“It is fantastic,” he says.

“The money will go towards track upgrades, as they have been damaged with the heavy rain.

“It will also go towards hiring contractors to spray weeds.”

The Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club have preparations underway for this year’s autumn Quarry Fest.

More than 2000 people attended in November and they are hoping the one in April will be just as big.

“DMS have been a big support in sponsoring November’s Quarry Fest,” says Doug.

“They provided sponsorship which made the organising the event less stressful.”

There will be stall holders selling things from food and coffee to plants and everything in between.  

The Quarry Fest is hoping that their April draw card will be New Zealand Jazz Band Nairobi Trio.

Live music will be echoing throughout the Quarry all day, but they hope that most festival goers will stay and watch Nairobi Trio.

Tickets to watch the Nairobi Trio live are $25, but watching them live at the Quarry fest, entry is only $5.




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