Thursday, June 4, 2020
Armed with over 100 Luci lights and an oversized dose of our globally renowned legendary can-do Kiwi spirit, New Zealand Police Sergeant Graham Gubb embarked on a 15-day grassroots tour of Kenya earlier this year.
As part of his trip Gubb was keen to visit the Tamariki Educational Centre which was founded in a Kenyan slum by fellow-Kiwi and friend Tony Ngotho. Before he left Kiwi shores Gubb knew that he wanted to make a significant contribution to improving the lives of the students he’d meet on his trip“when I became aware of Luci Lanterns, I thought how they would be perfect for an impoverished school that doesn’t have power.”
Gubb left the lanterns with the school principal to figure out the best way to distribute them. He thought it was likely that the principal would give a light to each family, and also keep some at school for use on rainy or dull days.
“When the principal saw them, he thought they were the best thing since sliced bread. He was extremely grateful, he thought they were great. Especially given the solar aspect of the lanterns, if there’s one thing Kenya doesn’t have a shortage of, it’s sunshine. They are an absolutely magic piece of kit.”
On hearing about Gubb’s plans Tight Lines, the New Zealand distributor for Luci Lanterns wanted to be involved, and donated a carton of lanterns which was then matched by Sportsway Distributors.
“Providing clean energy where electricity is limited is one of the key focuses of the Luci lantern brand, who work with over 650 NGO’s and non-profit organisations worldwide.
Here at Tight Lines we were glad to do our little bit to help, and major thanks must also go to Sportsway Distributors for their generous contribution,” says Nikki Goodall, General Manager for Tight Lines. “The fact that it was practical got me on board with the whole idea,” says Gary Powell, Managing Director of Sportsway Distributors. “It’s a good fit for that region, something that has a practical application rather than just sending something for the sake of sending something.”