A Shepparton man is raising money for the hospital's children's ward by collecting and selling used batteries.JOHN LEWIS June 19, 2014 3:13am
Rod McCubbin, Paul Archer, Gerald Brown from Shepparton South Rotary, and Jamie Robinson with a trailer load of used batteries.
A Shepparton man’s commitment to raising money for sick children has confirmed flat batteries have a rich after-life.
Shepparton’s Natrad owner Paul Archer drives hundreds of kilometres each week during May and June collecting used batteries from farms, businesses and homes.
He takes them to Shepparton scrap metal business Future Metals, which sells them in Melbourne, where they are recycled.
Across two months, Mr Archer and his helpers raise about $25
He said all the money he raised went to the children’s ward at Goulburn Valley Health.
Since starting the initiative five years ago, the auto radiator repair man is on his way to raising $100
‘‘A few years ago I saw a TV program on the Discovery channel about lead from batteries being one of the biggest poisoners of kids,’’ Mr Archer said.
‘‘So I thought why not help save kids and the environment as well?’’
His daily collection trips take him and his helper Jamie Robinson across the Goulburn Valley, from Kyabram to Euroa, Benalla, Alexandra and beyond. He said he would travel up to 10
His job has been made easier and safer with the donation of a purpose-built and sealed trailer from Shepparton South Rotary Club.
Member Gerald Brown said the club was happy to donate the $3000 trailer.
‘‘He’s doing a great job,’’ Mr Brown said.
Mr Archer, who forks out about $200 a week in petrol from his own pocket, said he planned to continue for as long as he could.
‘‘I can’t stop. It’s the satisfaction of knowing I’ve done something for my fellow Australians,’’ he said.
He thanked Shepparton South Rotary Club and Future Metals for their support.
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