News Release

Hamilton Volunteers Give Marae a Lift

Around 150 volunteers spent the morning beautifying Fairfield College's Aratiatia Marae last Saturday [25 February 2012].

The workers, members of the Hamilton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, put their weed whackers, line trimmers, water blasters and paint brushes to good use on the day.

Volunteers cleared invasive ground cover; lifted, cleaned and stacked pavers; and painted the exterior of the Marae palisades.

The day closed with a group photograph in front of the Marae, some words of appreciation from school principal Richard Crawford, and a closing prayer.

"The grounds were left neat and tidy through the use of rakes and grass blowers," says Church spokesperson Sandy MacDonald. "The school pools were then opened by the principal for everyone to cool off after their hard work."

Latter-day Saints throughout New Zealand and worldwide regularly participate in community enhancement projects under the banner of 'Mormon Helping Hands.'

Mormon Newsroom states that: "The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbours to provide community service. These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers also partner with government and non-profit organizations to support and improve the communities where they live."

"The Helping Hands program reflects the desire of Mormons to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. The effort receives resources from Church humanitarian services, and the projects are coordinated by local Church leaders.


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