Proceeds to fire brigades

More than $100,000 has been granted over the past 25 years, by the Waianakarua Lions Moeraki fishing competition, mostly to East Otago and North Otago organisations.

This year's competition, held last Saturdayafter being delayed two weeks because of rough seas at Easter, attracted 40 boats. Funds raised this year are going to fire brigades at Hampden and Kakanui.

Waianakarua Lions president Dean Thelning, of Herbert, said usually 80 to 90 boats took part.

The average grant made by the Lions club from competition proceeds was $5000, but last year $14,000 was granted to the Christchurch earthquake appeal.