Pakiri Pet Day raised $12,000.
The annual school Pet Day season got off to a good start at Pakiri and Tapora on September 22.
Pakiri raised just over $12,000 after expenses and the funds will go towards upgrading the school swimming pool.
Tapora principal Keryl Lee says the fact that more than 80 hamburgers were sold was a good indication of the great turnout at her school. She thanked the community and sponsors for their “amazing” support.
The day raised $4000, which will help setup the William Pike Challenge Award at Tapora next year.
“The award fits perfectly with the school’s philosophy of empowering children to discover their passion and fulfill their potential,” Keryl says.
The Earle Wright Environmental Award was won by Lolli Cotton for her letter to the NZ Herald defending farmers and their care for the environment and animals. Second was Misty-Rose Tutauha and third was Cassidy Henderson.
Pakiri principal Ingrid Stewart says it was a fantastic Pet Day despite the weather not being ideal.
“At one point, I counted close to 200 people with people coming and going all day,” she says. “We really appreciate the support we received from people from all over the area who contributed and donated their time, money, products or support on the day.”
The hangi was one of many special highlights on the day.
The pet parade included a section where judges got to quiz the children on the care and management of their animal. Ribbons and awards were presented accordingly.
New this year was the students Wearable Animal Costume parade, all made from recycled materials.
There were giraffes, cows, sheep, grasshoppers, hedgehogs and many more.
Students also participated at the stalls selling their own organic natural insect repellents, lip balm and beeswax food eco-wraps.