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Community Walking Track Day—July 1, 2012

July 1, 2012

It was another fun but hard working day at CUE Haven as a group of energetic volunteers joined us to continue on with putting a layer of gravel on the walking track.  Back in March, we finished building a 600 metre walking track along the gully stream and in May a group of volunteers came out and covered a good part of the track.  Today’s group put down over 100 metres of gravel in a wet and winding part of the track and brought us to within less than 80 metres of finishing it off!

The volunteers arrived at about nine.  The group was very mixed and few people knew each other, so everyone put on a name tag:

And everyone got a chance to get acquainted over morning tea.

After morning tea we went to work.  We were working at the far end of the track, so everyone got a good workout walking up to the site.

The challenge was that because the track goes over hilly terrain, there are several sets of steps.  As a result, we can’t use machines or even wheelbarrows to get the gravel down to the track.  We had a big load of gravel delivered to the top of the track and Resene Paints had generously provided us with a supply of empty ten litre paint cans and that was how the volunteers would deliver the gravel to the track.

Some of the group handled shovelling gravel into the buckets:

But most of the group worked on the bucket brigade—bringing down bucketfuls of gravel two at a time and then passing empties back up for refilling.  The biggest challenge was the long set of steps at the beginning of the track.

On the level sections of the track, things weren’t as crowded.

Our friend Kairus took on the job of raking and smoothing the gravel as the team poured it out.

After about an hour the team took a well deserved break to have some refreshing chilled Lemon & Peach Nestea generously supplied by Nestle.

When they went back to work they shuffled jobs in order to use a different set of muscles.

Shortly after noon it started to rain and we decided to call a halt for the day.  The team made a major contribution to the walking track and it is more beautiful, safer and easier to walk than ever.

The group then took a leisurely walk back to the house.  And cleaned up in the nursery.

Before heading to the cottage for a well-deserved and relaxing lunch.

We’d like to thank Resene Paints for providing the empty paint tins that the team used, as well as Winstone Aggregates sponsoring the gravel for the walking track.

And a big Thank you to Nestle New Zealand who generously provided Milo bars and Milo drink and assorted coffee and Nestea for everyone today.  Thanks, Nestle!

But most of all today we want to thank the great group of volunteers who came out and braved the cold and wet weather and did physically demanding work.

Thank you Abhishek, Aiden, Ana, Anahita H., Anahita V., Ashok, Bilkish, Binaifer, Dylan, Felix, Fiona, Gabi, Harish, Homi, Hrishikesh, Huda, Isaac, James, Jarafshan, Jessica, John, Kairus, Kunal, Malini, Mauricio, Mohammed, Niki, Paeterasp, Rhitisha, Richard, Sammy, Samuel, Savita, Tehmus, Trish, Xerxes, Yazdy, Zach, Zach & Zarin.

The results of your hard work look fantastic and we are very proud of the track.  You have made a major and long lasting contribution to CUE Haven. Your efforts this morning will be appreciated by everyone who visits CUE Haven over the years and walks the gully track

We hope you will come back soon to enjoy the walking track.  Without carrying buckets of gravel!  Thanks again!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jarafshan permalink
    July 3, 2012 2:14 pm

    Dear Mahrukh and Tom,
    It was a tiring but fun day. It was great to meet so many wonderful people and to see how much we had accomplished at the end. Thanks also for the delicious feed after the hard work. God Bless you both in your fantastic endeavour and thanks for giving back to the community and planet.
    Lots of love,
    JTYX

    • Tom & Mahrukh permalink
      July 3, 2012 10:36 pm

      Thanks so much for joining us. We very much appreciate your help and support. Hope to see you back at CUE Haven soon!

  2. Harish Srinivasan permalink
    July 3, 2012 12:22 pm

    Dear Mahrukh and Tom,
    We would like to first congratulate you two and then for sure thank Malini for letting us know about the Cue Haven Project. It was indeed great fun!!, a Sunday well spent, I should say. Meeting lot of new people, being closer to nature and getting away from Iphone’s and Laptops was the best part. For sure burnt lot of calories as well, which was the perk of this voluntary work. Indeed we would like to be involved with this project whenever possible which you both have undertaken for the community. Thanks for involving us.

    Hrishikesh, Rhitisha and Harish.

    • July 3, 2012 1:57 pm

      Thanks guys! It was great meeting you and we look forward to having you back. Thanks again for all your hard work–we really appreciate it!

  3. July 2, 2012 7:44 am

    Dear Mahrukh and Tomas,
    Thank you so much for the great opportunity. Met a lot of lovely people all motivated to contribute to our planet. Appreciate that the two of you are striving to leave a legacy behind. Would love to do it again whenever you have any volunteering days coming up!
    Huda.

    • Tom & Mahrukh permalink
      July 2, 2012 8:54 pm

      Thanks Huda. Glad you could join us yesterday. This project would not succeed without the help of wonderful volunteers like yourself. We look forward to having you back.

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