Their good turn programme has been one of the year’s highlights for the scouts, who have been proud to offer help to elderly people living on their own in our community by cutting their lawns and trimming their hedges for free once a month.
Benjamin Maxwell, leader of the Scouts since 2008, says helping the people in the community is very important to them.
Maxwell saw the value of the work the scouts were doing and so applied for funds from the Ministry of Internal Affairs social impact fund to finance much-needed equipment.
Members of the community and parents prevously supplied grass cutters and lawn mowers to the scouts; now the new equipment will help them carry out more community work.
“It will be an educational tool for our young boys who can learn to handle a grass cutter and it will give them a since of responsibility to maintain these new tools,” said Maxwell.
The St Joseph’s boy scouts have been operating for over 80 years and there are around 63 scouts from as young as five years old.
They received four grass cutters, two hedge trimmers, two chain saws, two blowers, a ride-on mower with a trailer and extra grass cutter lines and two 10L containers of petrol.
Maxwell said they have helped many mamas and papas, and they also tidy up mountain tracks.
The St Joseph’s Scout troop new lawn equipment was blessed by Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.
· Contact Benjamin Maxwell on 71704 if you need help tidying up your yard.