Fun Fest needs help
THOUSANDS of children are expected to pack Alexandra Park for one of Auckland’s largest free events.
The Fun Fest, January 8 to 11 brings together rides and amusements and, thanks to the on-going support of the Trillian Trust, rides remain free.
But it needs volunteers to make it a success. The call is out for people to help out.
Now into its ninth year, Fun Fest runs over four days and even wet weather couldn’t dampen the atmosphere this year.
Trillian Trust chief executive Dean Agnew says the trust believes Fun Fest can give parents respite at what can be a demanding time.
‘‘You’ve got through Christmas, you’ve got through New Year but the school holidays seem to roll on and on,’’ he says.
‘‘Parents know that any time they step out the door it’s going to cost, so thanks to Fun Fest, they can pack a picnic and have a day out – or four of them – that doesn’t cost too much.
‘‘And it’s also good to be involved in something that encourages families to do something together.
‘‘I was amazed this year by the number of families that had got together for a big outing. There were kids of course, mums and uncles, nanas – all sorts.’’
Visitors get free entry, parking, rides, entertainment and the services of the Mai FM team but must pay a small charge for games to support Kidz First Children’s Hospital.
Kidz First representative Ankita Luthra says it’s wonderful to see people take advantage of the event.
‘‘Trillian pays for something that attracts people from across the city and that’s magnificent,’’ she says.
‘‘But it also takes a lot of volunteers to do all the facepainting and run the stalls.
‘‘Last year we had students, teachers, medical and business people so we are hoping volunteers will again come forward.’’
To volunteer email Ankita. Luthra@middlemore.co.nz or phone 270 8808.
Fun fair: Families turned out in their thousands for last year’s Fun Fest.