Winning day #1: I filled in an online questionnaire for Swazi some time back; it was a privilege to give some customer feedback as Swazi gear is the best; my two 6 year old micro-fleece tops get a thrashing yet still wash up to look like new. They are warm, well-fitting and lightweight - and, being Swazi, extremely well made. Just over a week ago I got a call from the ferry to say I had a parcel to collect and imagine my surprise when I opened it to find a fab Swazi Matiere jacket, apparently my name was drawn out of the hat for filling in the questionnaire. Thanks, Swazi - check out their fab range (all proudly made in New Zealand) at http://www.swazi.co.nz/ - or call in to their shop at Levin if you are passing through. I've found Swazi to be the best value for money, the most durable clothing for the outdoors and I would happily endorse their clothing, even without winning a thing!
|My new Matiere jacket|
Swazi snugness - roll on Winter!
Winning day #2: a few days later I was surprised with another large package; I had won a prize in the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community & Environment Trust raffle (SIRCET). Two Hunting & Fishing polar fleece tops and a beanie, a comprehensive CRT first aid kit, 2 Easibake silicon muffin pans and a voucher from the 4 Square shop on the island. Wow!
SIRCET do a great job of clearing predators from the Ackers project area, running the Community Nursery at Horseshoe Bay and supporting revegetation projects around the township. I'm proud to support them financially and with weekly checks of rat traps at Deep Bay. Funding is not easy to come by and I really appreciate the time and efforts that the SIRCET board and members go to. Want to make a difference and keep the island intact for future generations? How about sponsoring one hectare of prime coastal forest for $50 a year so that rat/possum control can be financed? Check out SIRCET's website on http://www.sircet.org.nz/ and http://sircet.org.nz/index.php?pr=Sponsor-a-hectare
What a lucky person I am :)