The intricate detail that can go into painting rocks

Ready to rock

by Mike Isle

It promises to put you between a rock and a good place. That’s the initiative of the Selwyn Lions Club, which is inviting the public to a rock-themed event at the Lincoln Centre on Sunday, February 17.

The family orientated fundraiser will include rock painting, face painting, raffles, bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, games and much more.

Rock painting is based on similar events held in Auckland and the United States and, is a popular pastime, but this is the first time it has been held as an organised event in Selwyn.

Selwyn Lions Club member Amy Pearce said the aim was to hold a fun day for local children and engage them in an activity, which has gone global since being launched in the US in 2015; to try and attract younger members to join the club so that Lions can continue to serve the local community.

Lions Club International is a worldwide organisation of men and women working in different ways to help their communities.

“Funds from the rock painting event will allow us to continue funding projects, which will benefit the Selwyn District,” Pearce said.

“We have recently launched a Facebook group (SelwynRocks) and have started hiding some painted rocks around Rolleston. Some have made their way as far south as Oamaru and as far north as Auckland.

“One of our members has recently been on holiday in the USA and has managed to hide rocks from Iowa to Los Angeles!”

Amy Pearce said the Selwyn club was one of only a very few Lions clubs to be comprised solely of women.

“Many of our younger members have children, and so we are becoming a more family-oriented club,” she said.

“We hope that launching Selwyn Rocks will be a fun event for all involved.”