Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
14 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 18, 2011 NEWS Record crowds enjoy Orewa big dig Helping hand: Orewa Lions Big Dig helper Morell Metcalfe regularly volunteers at the annual event. Counting down: Waiting for the dig to start are Red Beach resident Martin O'Neill and his three daughters. Record numbers: Thousands showed up for the annual Orewa Lions Big Dig. Beach patrol: Police constable Bernie Watt gave rides to children in his police car. Fancy face: Maria Parsons, 4, enjoys a spot of face painting, one of many activities on the day. A record 3000 people turned out to enjoy beautiful weather at the Lions Big Dig at Orewa beach on Sunday. Orewa Lions reported a record number of regis- trations with proceeds going to local non-profit youth and elderly organisations. We were really pleased with the day,'' Orewa Lions president Paul Reid says. We had the best number of registrations in 30-odd years with more rides and attrac- tions. I had a number of people coming up to me and thanking me for the great day they had. The atmosphere was great with wonderful weather. And Gary Brown really makes things happen as compere on the raffle and prize stage. It was also great to see local police like Bernie Watt and Bluelight chairperson Sharon Stephens having a presence on the sand and giving rides in the police car. It was a real community effort with a great response from businesses despite the recession,'' Mr Reid says. We'd also like to thank our sponsors Times FM and Orewa New World.'' There were queues for prizes and rides and the digs for the under fives and the over fives were both full. Visitors enjoyed giveaways of popcorn, drinks and sunscreen, with most chil- dren managing to collect a small prize. The Whangaparaoa Lions club ran a popular sausage sizzle and visitors enjoyed the Heartland giveaways.
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