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Chopper ride main prize at beach dig

A helicopter ride will be the major prize at this weekend’s annual Pirate Treasure Beach Dig.

Hosted by Gisborne Wainui Lions and More FM, the event will be held on Saturday from 3pm at Midway Beach, over the road from the sandpit running track next to Churchill Park.

Event co-ordinator Ray Thomas said the beach dig had been a Gisborne fixture for over 35 years.

“We always get a good crowd. We’ve seen grandmothers come along with their children and grandchildren, and the grandmothers used to come to the dig as children themselves.”

With a pirate theme once again, the public are encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing up to be in the chance to win a prize for best dressed.

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.

There are 20 major prizes up for grabs, including a helicopter ride for three people, a television, a barbecue, children’s bikes and gift vouchers to places like Dive Tatapouri and on Wa165 (the steam train).

Entry to the event is free, 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,” said Mr Thomas.

He urged people to bring cash on the day.

“We have very limited eftpos facilities.”

Spades and other tools are not allowed for digging.

“Hands only, and that is really a safety issue, so people’s hands aren’t harmed by any digging tools.”

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

“Last year we raised around $7000, which is really good. So we hope to be able to do the same again for our charities,” said Mr Thomas.

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

Entertainment, including bouncy castles, will be available for the children from 3pm. The best dressed pirate competition will be judged at 3.30pm.

The beach dig will start at 4pm.

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

Mr Thomas acknowledged the “generous support” of the many sponsors, including Pak’nSave, Corys Electrical and The Warehouse.

“We couldn’t run this event without them.”

BRING ON THE BEACH DIG: Acacia and Braxton Ngaronoa were part of last year’s annual Pirate Treasure Beach Dig. This year’s event is on Saturday from 3pm next to Churchill Park. File picture by Liam Clayton