A taste of northern summers came to Dunstan High School earlier this week, thanks to the generous efforts of community volunteers.

The Clyde and Districts Lions Club partnered with the combined Lions Clubs of Whangarei to have more than 900kg of citrus fruit transported to Clyde and distributed to the community.

Mainfreight shipped the fruit from the North Island free of charge.

The club donated more than 400 bags of fruit tangerines, oranges and grapefruit school, as well as the hostel.

DHS principal Reece Goldsmith said he was pleased to receive the “very generous donation”.

“I’m sure lots of our families will really appreciate it, and again the Lions are an example of a volunteer community group that looks out for members of our community,” he said.

Clyde and Districts Lions Club joint project co-ordinator Kate Whyte said it was the second time the club had participated in the joint initiative with the Whangarei clubs, and the response had been so positive it would continue it annually.

“We do it to give back to the community humanitarian thing,” she said.

Citrus in Central . . . Dunstan High School year 10 pupils Tyson Millar (15) and Olivia Russel (14) unloading some of the citirus fruit donated to the school by the Clyde and Districts Lions Club. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON