Shift that Silt: Volunteer Clean-Up in Roxburgh

1 December 2017

Central Otago District Council, its emergency response partner agencies and the Student Volunteer Army are coordinating a two-day working bee this weekend (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December) to help those residents needing some people power to clean up their properties of sludge, mud, silt and other debris from Sunday night's flooding event.

The call went out on social media yesterday afternoon inviting people if they have the time and capacity to "Rock on Up to Clean Up Roxburgh".

There'll be two shifts each day:
- one starting at 8.00am for those local, in-district wheelbarrow warriors who can help
- and the next shift starting at 10am for those travelling up/down/across to Roxburgh.

The "mustering point" will be at the CODC Service Centre on Scotland Street in Roxburgh. Please park at the Town Hall on Jedburgh Street and walk on over over to the Service Centre. 

Who can participate:

Those over 16 years who are willing and able, who can make their own way to and from Roxburgh for one day (or both days if you have sorted accommodation), and who want to make a world of difference to someone's day!

Nature of work: will be shovelling and wheelbarrowing sludge and lots of back and forwards in the hot Central Otago sun. From backyards to the footpath. 

What volunteers are asked to bring: sunhat, gloves, work boots, sunscreen, water bottle full of water. Optional/if they have them: dust mask (will be dusty work) and high-vis vest.

The coordination team will provide, thanks to the support of SVA, wheelbarrows and shovels, and volunteer bakers and makers are whipping up a hearty lunch for those mucking in for a good cause.

"So come and show Roxburgh your love and get down and dirty with us!" said CODC Chief Executive Leanne Mash.‚Äč

  • Those interested in pitching in are asked to register on the event listing on Central Otago District Council's Facebook page and get in touch with Welfare Coordinator Sally Feinerman on 021 900 643 or  Sally will also be coordinating volunteer baking and light finger food lunch donations to feed the volunteers.



Page reviewed: 01 Dec 2017 4:58pm