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In tears over gift of ride-on mower

Preparing for poochie playtime at the SPCA's Gisborne centre will be a little easier from now on, after the centre received an early Christmas present in the guise of a free ride-on mower.

The Gisborne SPCA covers the area from Wairoa to Hicks Bay and was established in 1957. It cares for animals who are sick, injured, neglected, abused or abandoned — anything from cats and dogs to larger farm animals.

The small team also look after the maintenance of the half-acre land they operate from, but when their mower broke down local couple Lisa and Gavin Hill from Gisborne Chainsaw and Mower Services came to the rescue.

'I feel it is important to give back to the community if you can. The SPCA are a great not-for-profit charity,' Mr Hill said.

'Last year the SPCA came to us to repair their current mower, We did a $500 repair at no cost as a Christmas gift. This year, the mower needs upgrading, so we are donating a Husqvarna TS 242 worth $4999.'

Mr Hill said manufacturer Husqvarna had covered half the cost.

The SPCA's previous mower was a second-hand donation more than 10 years ago and needed weekly repairs.

'Gavin's phone call reduced me to tears and when I told the team they were in tears too. We were all blown away,' SPCA Gisborne manager Lindy Magee said.

'I think the first thing I said to him was, you're joking, we don't have to do anything?' So many people offer us deals but since we are a charity, all our money goes to the animals. You have no idea what this means to me and the team and the volunteers. It makes life so much easier.'

As a non-profit organisation, the SPCA relies on donations to help look after the animals.

Mr Hill said his family had close ties to the local SPCA, having adopted two cats and one Jack Russell dog.

HAPPY TO HELP: Lindy Magee and Panda, Gillian Campbell, donors Lisa and Gavin Hill, Nanci Searle and Christie Patumaka with Benadict looking pretty pleased about the latest gift to the Gisborne SPCA — a Husqvarna ride-on mower. Picture by Paul Rickard