Fun Fest needs help

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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@mid­dle­ or phone 270 8808.

Fun fair: Fam­i­lies turned out in their thou­sands for last year’s Fun Fest.

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