Bargain hunters were out in force at Warkworth Town Hall last month for a sale, silent auction and sausage sizzle to raise funds for the annual Pasifika Festival.
The sale of new and secondhand furniture, sports equipment, clothing, books and bric-a-brac raised $4300 towards hospitality costs for the annual festival, which is organised by the Mahu Vision Community Trust to celebrate and share local migrant groups’ cultural music and dance with the community.
One of the organisers, Neville Johnson, said it had been a successful first try at a fundraising sale, thanks to plenty of high quality items, hard work from volunteers and entertainment on stage from Pasifika singers and dancers.
“In the past, we have mostly applied for grants from the Local Board and the Creative Communities
Scheme, but we believe in the Mahu Vision Trust that the more we can do our own fundraising and manage our own income, the better,” Neville said. “These days, there’s huge competition for the charity dollar, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to fit the parameters.”
He added that a “happy liaison” with local charity shops meant that they took any unsold stock and nothing had to be dumped.
This year’s Pasifika Festival will be held on Saturday, November 24 at Mahurangi College.
Pasifika dancers and singers entertained on stage.