By Mick Jensen
A public appeal by the Ashburton Barbarians Rugby League Club for help in fixing floodlights at their playing and training pitch at Robilliard Park has been answered by local businesses.
New LED lights have been supplied by Pete Gowans from Redpaths and fitted by Eclipse Services Ashburton, owned by Shane Christie.
The essential scissor lift needed to reach the lights, including the top ones, which are eight metres off the ground, was provided by South Street business Steel Tech Access, operated by Simon Woolley.
Pete Gowans said he had read about the club’s predicament and the need to use car lights and portable spot lights at training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and thought it a worthy community gesture to lend a hand.
He said he was a big follower of rugby in general, and happy to help.
Similar sentiments were echoed by electrician Shane Christie.
Mr Christie said both the top lights and lower lights along the northern side of the pitch had been replaced with overdue, new technology.
The new lights would shed better light and would also be cheaper to run.
Ashburton Barbarians secretary Kate Moses said the club was very thankful for the teamwork shown by the three businesses in carrying out the lofty replacement work.
“It’s great to live in a community that has people in it who are willing to offer their time and materials to help out others.”
She said with proper lighting, and without the health and safety risk, the team would now be able to complete full and proper training sessions to keep up fitness and skills levels for the rest of the season.
The Barbarians are having a great season and sit second on the Canterbury Division One competition ladder, just two points behind Burnham.
The club is hosting a fundraising event at Feeney’s Lounge, Devon Tavern, on June 30, which includes a performance from Mai FM’s Clubkingz. Tickets are $20 and can be bought from the venue.