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    Chipping in for Charity: Making Log-Splitting Day a Success

    Published on 29 March 2022, Tuesday, 4:45 AM
    • Firewood log splitting
    Many hands made light work when a crew from Kennards Hire teamed up with charity partner Springboard for their annual firewood log-splitting day at Snells Beach.

    The combined team from Kennards Hire, Springboard staff, young people and volunteers, as well as local police, put in a huge effort to split almost 70 cubic metres of firewood.

    The wood will be bagged and sold from Mitre 10 stores during next year's cold season to support Springboard’s work with at-risk young people.

    Springboard General Manager Dan Gray said the log-splitting day put the charity group two months ahead of regular firewood production and provided a great event for the community.

    Kennards Hire proud to be involved

    It was Kennards Hire’s biggest contribution to the day to date, with a crew of eight staff, along with nine hydraulic log splitters.

    Nigel Annear, North Auckland Area Manager, said it was rewarding for the Kennards Hire team to work alongside the other volunteers, and to show them how to use the equipment safely and effectively.

    “A big thank you to the Kennards Hire team – Zayne Davis, Daniel Rose, Ethan Booth-Holes, Taine Newland, Stuart Smithson, Rodney Knutson and Rory Jackson – who all took time away from their branches to support the day," he said.

    “It was great to have a range of people from our operations network get involved. It really helped them to get to know what Springboard is about, and how we can support them in different ways.”

    Pledge to match virtual fundraiser donations

    In addition to the Kennards Hire team helping at the annual log-splitting day, the company also doubled the impact of Springboard's recent virtual fundraiser.  

    Along with Springboard’s new partner, Northwood Development, Kennards Hire committed to match every dollar raised up to $100,000 for the 2020 ‘Fund a Future’ event.

    Springboard’s supporters raised over $240,000, which will fund nine vocational and social skills programs for more than 240 young people.

    Springboard has helped hundreds of at-risk teenagers and young people since it was established in 2002.

    Dan Gray said the intensive intervention programs taught participants practical, life-long skills, in many cases enabling them to turn their lives around.

    “Thanks to all those who have helped support young people into positive futures.”

    • Kennards crew after log splitting
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