Through a clearing in a large stand of trees Mike Collins is walking towards a group of men working intently around a log splitter. They're trying to restore someone's sight.
Every Thursday these men meet to split wood donated by Kerikeri locals. The split wood is dried then sold back to the community as firewood with the proceeds going to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.
"The people who are buying the wood are basically donating to Fred Hollows. We just cut and deliver it."
"A bunch of retired people who still have the energy," as Mike says, he and his group of mates deliver the wood on the back of their ute for $70 per load.
Mike has been part of this group for more than ten years and in this time they’ve been able to raise over $140,000 for our work in the Pacific — restoring sight to over 5,200 people. But when you ask Mike about this astonishing contribution, he's characteristically modest.
Not everyone can split wood but is there something else you could do? Don’t hold back, get stuck in, make a difference.