Tauwhareparae Farms and parent company Gisborne Holdings Ltd have donated a quad bike to Tolaga Bay Surf Life Saving Club to help the club with its patrol and emergency response operations.
It was put to good use during last Thursday’s marine emergency in that area.
Four men were rescued off Tolaga Bay after their boat sank while they were fishing.
Tolaga Bay SLSC club captain Kerehama Blackman and son Costa used the new quad to launch one of the club’s IRBs as part of a successful operation.
“Tauwhareparae Farms and GHL felt that as a locally-based organisation we wanted to contribute to an organisation facing challenges after last year’s June flood events,” said Gisborne Holdings director Peter Reeves.
The Tolaga Bay beachfront was covered with tree debris as a result of the floods.
“The volunteers of the surf club had major challenges and difficulties over summer in getting their IRB craft to the water.
“We believed they were worthy recipients of the quad bike to be used to tow their IRB trailer.
“We know they will put it to good use, as they did on Thursday,” Mr Reeves said.
Mr Blackman said the donation of the bike was a morale booster for the club.
“It makes us more confident to do the job we do. Our old quad bike needed some repairs and Tauwhareparae Farms and GHL took care of that for us, too, so now we’ve got two bikes.
“We are really grateful for their support.”