Elephant-proof-roof winners over the moon

Elephant-proof-roof winners over the moon
May 2, 2012

The saying goes that, compared with a heavyweight concrete tile roof, a Gerard roof takes the weight of two elephants off your home, and for the Meikle family of Nelson, that idea will soon become a reality of larger than life proportions.

They’re about to embark on some real-life elephant spotting on an 11-day African adventure, after being drawn as winners of a special promotion highlighting the safety of Gerard, the worry-proof roof. “We’re over the moon,” says Rochelle Meikle “and when we told our kids, they just leapt up and down cheering and started dancing all over the place, they were that excited.” Weighty decisions Co-ordinated by Auckland-based boutique travel company World Journeys, in conjunction with South African Airways and luxury safari operators &Beyond, the $23,000 prize package features a 3-day safari in Kruger National Park plus trips to Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Gerard Roofs General Manager Scott Duncan said the Christchurch earthquakes had made people more aware of the advantages of choosing a lightweight roofing material, and the promotion offering the chance to see real elephants in the wild was a good way to accentuate this. “The difference between a Gerard lightweight steel tile roof and an equivalent concrete heavyweight tile roof equates roughly to the weight of two fully grown African Elephants,” says Scott, “and we wanted to make that analogy realistic.”

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