Ahoy me hearties, it's beach dig time again

BURIED TREASURE: Gisborne Wainui Lions stage the annual Beach Dig in the sandpit next to Churchill Park on Sunday and a terrific array of major prizes is up for grabs again this year. Dig coordinator Ray Thomas and club president Dave McLean show off some of the booty. Picture by Liam Clayton
A pirates theme be running again for the dig, so all budding Jack Sparrows aarrgh encouraged to go buccaneer. Don't get bilged on your own anchor, heave ho smartly and give no quarter in your search for buried booty.

THE sand will fly at Midway Beach on Sunday for the annual Gisborne Wainui Lions More FM Beach Dig.

The public are also encouraged to get into the theme of the dig, which once again is Pirates.

The enduring summer feature has run for more than 35 years and public support for it has always been strong.

“People will get the chance to dig for ‘pieces of eight’ in the form of round prize discs, and we have some excellent prizes again,” said event coordinator Ray Thomas.

“We have 20 major prizes again: things like a television, a barbecue, children’s bikes and trikes and gift vouchers to places like Dive Tatapouri and on Wa165 (the steam train).”

The dig will be based again in the sandpit running track next to Churchill Park.

“We will have entertainment available for the children from 3pm, including bouncy castles, and the best dressed pirate competition will be judged at 3.30pm.

“We expect to start the dig some time after 4pm.”

A barbecue, soft drinks and ice-creams will also be available.

There will be no charge to enter but each prize disc found must be registered for a $3 fee.

“They not only go into the draw for the major prizes, they will also get gift vouchers to the value of $10.”

Proceeds from the community project are distributed among charitable organisations like the ECT Rescue Helicopter, the Cancer Society and Hospice Tairawhiti.

“The focus is to provide fun for the children, with help from their family members,” Mr Thomas said.

The dig will be followed by a prizegiving for the major and spot prizes.

“The dig has become inter-generational, it has been going that long.

“We get grandparents turning up with their grandchildren, the grandparents having dug in the sand for a prize themselves when they were young.

“We couldn't run this event without the generous support of our many sponsors like Pak’nSave, Corys Electrical and The Warehouse.”

THE sand will fly at Midway Beach on Sunday for the annual Gisborne Wainui Lions More FM Beach Dig.

The public are also encouraged to get into the theme of the dig, which once again is Pirates.

The enduring summer feature has run for more than 35 years and public support for it has always been strong.

“People will get the chance to dig for ‘pieces of eight’ in the form of round prize discs, and we have some excellent prizes again,” said event coordinator Ray Thomas.

“We have 20 major prizes again: things like a television, a barbecue, children’s bikes and trikes and gift vouchers to places like Dive Tatapouri and on Wa165 (the steam train).”

The dig will be based again in the sandpit running track next to Churchill Park.

“We will have entertainment available for the children from 3pm, including bouncy castles, and the best dressed pirate competition will be judged at 3.30pm.

“We expect to start the dig some time after 4pm.”

A barbecue, soft drinks and ice-creams will also be available.

There will be no charge to enter but each prize disc found must be registered for a $3 fee.

“They not only go into the draw for the major prizes, they will also get gift vouchers to the value of $10.”

Proceeds from the community project are distributed among charitable organisations like the ECT Rescue Helicopter, the Cancer Society and Hospice Tairawhiti.

“The focus is to provide fun for the children, with help from their family members,” Mr Thomas said.

The dig will be followed by a prizegiving for the major and spot prizes.

“The dig has become inter-generational, it has been going that long.

“We get grandparents turning up with their grandchildren, the grandparents having dug in the sand for a prize themselves when they were young.

“We couldn't run this event without the generous support of our many sponsors like Pak’nSave, Corys Electrical and The Warehouse.”

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