Aunty Jo’s day out
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.