The Wellsford Plunket committee pictured at their annual Christmas party, together with local farmer Andrew Farr standing in for Santa and Rodney Local Board Cr Colin Smith.
A dog kennel, firewood and a load of fertiliser are among the more more unusual lots up for grabs at a fundraising auction, dance and gala dinner for the Wellsford Plunket Rooms at the town’s RSA on Saturday May 20.
There will also be spa and beauty treatments to be won, plus a raffle, spot prizes and a lucky ticket draw, with PGG Wrightson auctioneer Bernie McGahon wielding the gavel and Wellsford Lions president and local builder Roger Farr acting as MC. Dancing will be to Algies Bay duo Jan & Kevin.
Proceeds from the two-course buffet dinner, dance and auction will go towards the ongoing work to upgrade and modernise the Wellsford Plunket Rooms that’s been going on for the past year. Fundraising coordinator Tania Hamilton says a lot work has already been carried out, thanks to support from local businesses and money raised via donations, raffles and other events, but more is needed to complete the job.
“We’ve still got to fix some cladding, put a roof extension on the deck and upgrade the toilet and kitchen,” she says.
Though Plunket receives government funding for Well Child checks, such as home visits for babies in the early weeks and then clinic or further home visits for children up to 5 years old, groups rely on donations and fundraising to deliver the full range of community services that they also provide, including playgroups, parent groups, breastfeeding advice, parenting education, toy libraries, drop-in centres, early childhood education and education in schools.
Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5, with nurses visiting the homes of 90 per cent of all children born in NZ.
Tickets for the Wellsford auction, dance and gala dinner cost $50 and can be bought from the Mike Pero office in Wellsford, phone 423 7614.