Thumbs up for fundraiser

A total of 26 activities were packed in to Centennial Park at this year’s Wellsford Children’s Fun Day.

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The Wellsford District Sport and Recreation Collective has an extra $4500 to throw at Centennial Park upgrades following the Wellsford Children’s Fun Day.

The event was held at Centennial Park on March 4 and attracted around 500 children to try out 26 different activities.

Recreation Collective chair Wendy Crow-Jones says after six years the event is still popular.

“We get a lot of people who come back every year and there is a growing number of people coming from Auckland with their kids who want to escape the traffic,” Ms Crow-Jones says.

“We had a huge volunteer effort with 70 people giving their time, which made the activities possible.”

Ms Crow-Jones says the water slide run by the Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade was a hit with the children, as well as ‘hook a duck’.

“We will definitely run this event next year, but one thing I would like to see is more local sports clubs getting involved in future to promote what they offer and help run activities.”

The collective now has $30,000 to spend on Wellsford sporting facilities. How this is to be allocated will be decided this month.

Since November, the group has worked with Visitor Solutions on a consultation process to analyse the sporting needs of Wellsford.

“We would like to have a clear list of sporting priorities prior to Auckland Council’s long-term plan submissions closing on March 28.”

The consultation costs were covered by a $25,000 grant from Auckland Council.


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