New quad bike to fix carpark dilemma

Lions’ Shed director Dave Phillips, president Allan Field, designated quad driver Doug Taranaki, and Janine and Wayne Blackwood.

The Cambridge Lions were gifted a generous donation last week – a quad bike.

It’s more of a long-term loan, which will come in handy for the charity organisation which has thousands of items donated and sold at the Lions’ Shed on Vogel Street each year. The problem for the local Lions recently has been the drop-off and pick up of these items, which has seen a few minor fender-benders and health and safety issues take place in the limited-space carpark outside the shed. “We’ve had three (minor) accidents this year,” explained Dave Philips, Lions Shed director. “We’re trying to dissuade people from bringing their cars in, so we’re encouraging people to park up on the road, and we will pick up or deliver your goods to your car for you.”

Now people can park their vehicles on the grass verge or side of the road next to the Lions’ Shed driveway, and their items can be hauled to and from the shed with use of the newly-donated quad bike, thanks to Blackwood Yamaha.

“They do some good work,” Wayne Blackwood from Blackwood Yamaha said of the local Lions, his wife Janice adding, “It’s really good to support the Lions.”

Dave added that for the donation or purchase of bigger items at the shed, such as couches and freezers, the Lions already run a service using a small truck to cart the goods straight from the premises.

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