Fundrais­ing fab­ric fair com­ing

Cambridge Edition - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA JAMES

Quil­ters, knit­ters, sew­ers and crafty peo­ple will re­joice at the fab­ric fair com­ing to Cam­bridge.

It will be Al­trusa In­ter­na­tional Cam­bridge’s big­gest fundraiser this year, and things are go­ing cheap.

The fair will fea­ture in April and pres­i­dent De-ane Busby said it’s the first one to be held in Cam­bridge.

‘‘Some of the other clubs in our or­gan­i­sa­tion have done this fab­ric fair be­fore, so we de­cided that we could do it,’’ she said.

‘‘Nor­mally we do a fash­ion show and get about $3000, but we have done it the past two years and thought we would give it a rest this year.’’

She has reached out to fab­ric clubs in Auck­land, Mor­rinsville, Te Awa­mutu and more so there should be a good turnout.

Since post­ing about the fair on so­cial me­dia, the club has been over­whelmed with do­na­tions.

The fab­ric has been stored in Busby’s garage, and ‘‘worker bees’’ from the club have been work­ing for two hours twice a week to sort through it all.

‘‘I’ve been over­whelmed with the whole thing but now I can see the end, there’s less and less in the cor­ner,’’ she laughed.

‘‘Beau­ti­ful stuff has been given to us, In­dian cot­tons and brand new saris, I’m not a sewer but I know what’s good.’’

She started or­gan­is­ing it in De­cem­ber, then in Fe­bru­ary the group started mea­sur­ing and pric­ing the fab­rics. ‘‘It’ll be re­ally cheap, most of it at $1 a me­tre or the re­ally good stuff will be $2 a me­tre, we don’t want to store it and peo­ple want a bar­gain,’’ said Busby.

There will be a lot of quilt­ing ma­te­ri­als, wool, hab­er­dash­ery, cot­ton, zips, but­tons, and more.

They are hop­ing to raise $4000 and the money raised will go back to the Cam­bridge com­mu­nity. The fab­ric fair will be held on Satur­day, April 1 at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall in Mili­cich Place from 9.30am. To do­nate, con­tact De-ane Busby on 8278656.

Pace is quick­en­ing on the tourism front with big strides be­ing taken to turn the Waikato River into the cen­tre of at­ten­tion.

The sec­ond stage of Hamil­ton’s $4.9 mil­lion Vic­to­ria on the River de­vel­op­ment be­gins in April, funds have been com­mit­ted to river fa­cil­i­ties and mo­men­tum is build­ing across the sec­tor.

Cul­tural tourism is key and with the river pro­vides a unique of­fer­ing said Tainui Waka Tourism Inc sec­re­tar­iat of­fi­cer Craig Muntz.

‘‘The in­dus­try ac­knowl­edges there is a need for new prod­uct to an­chor visi­ta­tion in the re­gion. The river pro­vides the point of dif­fer­ence as our iconic ge­o­log­i­cal fea­ture that runs through the heart of the re­gion.’’

Muntz is de­vel­op­ing the Waikato River Fes­ti­val which kicked off at the source of the Waikato River at the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park which recog­nise the 425-kilo­me­tre river sys­tem as a sin­gle water body and aims to de­velop more at­trac­tions along the river.

Sev­eral in­de­pen­dent events are at­tached to the fes­ti­val which runs in March. They in­clude the HAKA Maori Arts and Cul­tural event at Hamil­ton Gar­dens, Tupuna Awa ex­hi­bi­tion by Waikato artist Fred Gra­ham dur­ing Maadi Cup at Kara­piro Do­main and the pro­mo­tion of cul­tural sites on the river.

‘‘The vi­sion is that we will de­velop a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties that re­flect dif­fer­ent stake­holder groups in the river.’’

‘‘It’ll be re­ally cheap, most of it at $1 a me­tre or the re­ally good stuff will be $2 a me­tre.’’ De-ane Busby

EMMA JAMES

Ann Ma­clure, Marie Davis, Jenny Shaw, De-ane Busby and Janet McComb have been busy sort­ing fab­ric.

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