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Old batteries power new community fundraiser

18 Mar 2014 02:09 pm

Orewa Lions’ new fundraiser recycles old batteries and uses the money to support children with disabilities. Pictured are Lions Laurie Rands (left) and Mandy Hebben at Tin Men in Silverdale.
Redundant batteries will soon be supplying power to young users of mobility equipment as a result of the latest Orewa Lions’ initiative, supported by Silverdale business Tin Men.

Lions’ new project involves volunteers collecting unwanted, dead batteries from around the Hibiscus Coast and taking them to Tin Men for recycling.

Tin Men pays around $10 per battery, and this money will go towards the Lions’ Children’s Mobility Foundation which provides mobility equipment for Kiwi kids who are unable to access health funding.

Lion Mandy Hebben says the battery recycling scheme is in line with other Orewa Lions fundraisers, which include newspaper and bottle cap recycling.

“Used batteries are a pain to get rid of and often people simply let them gather dust in their garages,” Mandy says. “We see this as a win-win – helping the recycling effort while supporting children in need.”

The Children’s Mobility Foundation makes life easier for children who suffer from cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other mobility issues by coordinating the supply and maintenance of devices such as the Hart Walker – a customised orthotic walking frame which has bracing around the child’s chest, hips and lower limbs to provide support and alignment. It has movable, adjustable joints and costs around $10,000.

Lions will collect any type of large battery – from cars, boats, tractors, scooters or mobility scooters – from anywhere on the Hibiscus Coast free of charge.

The first trailor load, at the end of February, raised $120 and Mandy says if the scheme is successful it may be replicated by other Lions Clubs.

To have batteries collected, or for more info: email orewalions@yahoo.co.nz or phone 426 0586.