Rotarians prepare for their annual citrus drive





With citrus fruit ripening on our trees, it’s now time to start thinking a short way ahead to this year’s Ahuriri Rotary Club’s annual Citrus Drive, which will start on Saturday, August 6, and finish on Sunday, August 28. For more than 30 years Ahuriri Rotary Club has been collecting surplus citrus fruit donated by the Hawke’s Bay community for free distribution to cities and towns in the lower North Island and more recently to Otago and Southland. This fruit is then distributed free to rest homes, social services and senior citizens in and around the Otago-Southland area and is gratefully appreciated. “We happily pick for those physically unable. However, we prefer where possible for [donors] to drop off their fruit at the collection points.” Citrus can be dropped off, preferably in cartons or bags to prevent damage, at the collection points.