Legacy trophy in memory of group member Donald

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At the handing over of the first Donald Gundry legacy trophy on Monday were (from left) Tom Gundry, Margaret Gundry, RSA president Merv Brenton, Donald Weir, Mr Weir's sister Ann Lusk and Ashburton Mackenzie Community Group president Colleen Inwood.

The first recipient of a legacy trophy established to remember the late Donald Gundry and to acknowledge achievement and participation has been awarded by the Ashburton Mackenzie Community Group.

was presented to Donald Weir on Monday at a gathering of the group at its base in the Doris Linton Lounge at the RSA.

Group supervisor Lynda Tayles said the monetary legacy had been generously donated by the Gundry family and would be presented annually to a member who had achieved in the group setting or in their private lives.

She said the Ashburton Mackenzie Community Group had been established nearly 30 years ago to teach social skills, build self esteem and to help its special needs members achieve.

The late Donald Gundry had been a member for many years before his death five years ago.

“Donald was my side kick and my right hand man for a while.

“He had a sense of what needed doing and was a keen volunteer and potato helper at the Plains.”

Mrs Tayles said Donald Weir was a worthy recipient of the legacy trophy.

He had been a dedicated group member and active participant for a number of years.

A number of groups support the Ashburton Mackenzie Community Group including COGS, the Lion Foundation, Rotary Ashburton, Lotteries Commission, Ashburton RSA and Beckley Coachlines.