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21 Princes Street, Kensington, Whangarei, New Zealand

Phone: 09 437 2742

Email: mairtown@nka.org.nz

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

POOH STICKS 2016 - A special community event

This last Saturday we have just had our Annual Pooh Sticks fundraiser. The raising of extra funds for our kindergarten community is vital to its success. This event is always a massive community effort and there was months of planning involved to make it come together. There have been many parents out in our community asking for sponsorship for this event, which created a very exciting prize pool. We have also had parents spending many hours in kindergarten organising signage, sorting ticket sales and making sure everything is in place to make this a great event for all. Also having all our families get on board with selling tickets and being a part of the event at Mair Park was of great support. It was fantastic to have such wonderful helpers on our stalls, selling raffles and goods, as well as having helpers painting faces and nails. We are so fortunate and grateful for everyone at Mairtown as you are the most supportive and hard working group of families who come together, take charge and make Pooh Sticks what it is.

“Unity is strength… when there is team work and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” (Stepanek)

The strong and meaningful relationships that we have with our kindergarten whānau is something that we value immensely. It is what makes Mairtown Kindergarten so special and such a lovely community to be a part of. Without these meaningful connections we have with our families our annual fundraising event would not be as successful. So it is from the bottom of our hearts when we say thank you so much to everyone who was involved in making it an amazing success.

“A community is made up of intimate relationships among diversified types of individuals – a kinship group, a neighbourhood, a village, a large family.” (Quigley)

This was such a wonderful, fun filled, affordable day out for everyone. It was so lovely to see everyone catching up or making new connections, while listening to the lovely music. This has a flow on effect to the way Mairtown Kindergarten runs and how we love to celebrate connectedness within our community.

A huge thank you goes out to all the business who kindly donated prizes and sponsored this event.

 Also we are very grateful for the girls from Whangarei intermediate (WIS Recovered) and the girls from Kamo intermediate for performing for us.

With all the generous support from our local community and wonderful kindergarten whānau we were able to raise a grand total of $6090.

This money is going towards upgrading our outdoor dry space and kindergarten, in particular getting roll down blinds to shelter us from the wind and rain. We really appreciate everyone’s effort to make this become a reality for our community based, not for profit service.

Next year we would like to change our Pooh Sticks from November to a ‘beginning of the year’ event. So mark March 2018 in your diaries for our next Pooh Sticks race.

“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” (Rosso)

Once again, thank you so much for all your support.
Kindest regards



Unknown said...

Hi, I am interested to know how "pooh sticks" cam e about....I think I know what it might mean...Sally

Mairtown Kindergarten said...

Hi Sally,
We run a nature programme where we spend a session in the bush with the children. On the nature programme we always play pooh sticks as we cross the bridge, but of course the original idea is from the Winnie the Pooh stories :)