Ice rink project skating along

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Al hands on deck during the working bee.
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The project to refrigerate Staveley Ice Rink is closer to its $1.3 million target having raised a whopping $930,000.
A working bee was held last Friday with over 50 people turning up to help lay insulation panels and plastic in preparation for the plumbing installation and concrete pour.
Staveley Hall Society chairman Rob Withers and member Clare Harden were thrilled with the money raised to date.
‘‘We still have a little bit to go and there are few grants and funding we are applying for,’’ Clare said. ‘‘If we can start up with no debt then any profit we make we will be able to put back into the bridge or the hall.’’
The Lion foundation has been the biggest sponsor donating $150,000 and $175,000.
Mid & South Canterbury Charitable Trust gave $120,000 and a concrete donation drive raised around $120,000, the rest is from private donations.
Rob said it had been very humbling, ‘‘we feel spoiled and when you see a gang like this out here today, we’ve got a great district.’’
The plumbing and concrete are the two big jobs to tick off before the rink is finished in May ready for the start of winter.
‘‘There is 18km’s of pipe which has got the glycol in it to freeze the concrete then on top of that will be 150mm of cement,’’ Rob said.
‘‘The concrete is NPA 45 which is real strong and will withstand shrinkage and expansion.
‘‘There is over 300 cubic metres to come in so that’s like 75 truck loads to come from ACL in Ashburton,’’ he said.
Anyone able to help out or donate can contact Rob: 027 3030 138, or email [email protected]