Aunty Jo’s day out

Central Leader - - News -

The Christ­mas spirit is com­ing early to Mt Roskill, with an an­nual chil­dren’s Christ­mas party this week­end.

Aunty Jo’s Kids’ Day Out, or­gan­ised by res­i­dent Aunty Jo Legge will be held on Satur­day.

But it’s the last year the event will be funded by the Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Board.

Aunty Jo says the board, which has helped fund the event for a num­ber of years, will not be con­tribut­ing af­ter this year un­less she amal­ga­mates with an­other event.

“I refuse to do that, I’ve done this for 15 years. I’m not go­ing to let the chil­dren and low in­come fam­i­lies of Mt Roskill and other ar­eas down. I will not give it up.

“I will carry on and hope­fully some kind per­son will as­sist next year.”

She says at­ten­dance can range from 200 to 800 peo­ple and she has vol­un­teers who help her put on the event, along with sup­port from a num­ber of com­pa­nies.

Com­mu­nity board chair­man Richard Barter says the board sup­ports the Wes­ley Christ­mas event as its main Christ­mas func­tion.

“It’s a grow­ing event and a de­ci­sion was made that rather than give small amounts of money to small events, we would sup­port the Wes­ley event.”

He says the board wants to en­cour­age Aunty Jo to join with an­other event to take the pres­sure of or­gan­is­ing the party off her.

Aunty Jo’s Kids’ Day Out will be held on Novem­ber 22 at Memo­rial Park in Mt Roskill from 10am to 3.30pm.

There will be games, raf­fles, a bar­be­cue and ev­ery child gets a present to take home.

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