As we head into winter, Springboard Community Works has had to pull out all the stops to meet orders for firewood.
On April 4, the non-profit social agency, which assists struggling young people, threw out an invitation to the wider community to help out in a “community bag day.”
Community members joined young people involved in Springboard programmes in bagging firewood ready for sale.
The effort produced 600 bags.
Springboard has been selling firewood both for fundraising and skills-training purposes for more than 10 years.
Local contractors donate the wood, which is then cut and split to a suitable size, bagged, and then sold through Mitre 10.
Young people develop skills in wood handling, tractor driving and business.
The effort raises about $55,000 each year.
Springboard chief executive Gary Diprose says it was important for Springboard to get more bags produced to honour its contract with Mitre 10.
“We can’t leave them in the lurch over winter,” he says.