Op Shop Ball’s sil­ver lin­ing

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A glam­orous spin on amaz­ing op shop finds is the theme for the Franklin Sil­ver Lin­ing Trust’s bian­nual fundraiser.

The Op Shop Ball is a chance for bar­gain lovers, sec­ond-hand en­thu­si­asts and cre­atives to put to­gether an in­cred­i­ble thrift shop out­fit to wear to the event. Money raised will go to­wards pro­vid­ing get­aways and grant­ing spe­cial wishes for fam­i­lies who have been through a tough time.

Te Ko­hanga’s He­witt fam­ily is just one of many who have had a get­away in a time of need, thanks to the trust. Dad Mar­tin He­witt was struck by bowel can­cer, which was a tu­mul­tuous time for his wife Jonelle and three chil­dren.

‘‘It was nice, more so for the kids, to get away from it all. You get sick of talk­ing about it, ev­ery­one wants to talk about can­cer, but you just want to for­get about it,’’ Mar­tin said.

The fam­ily spent a few days in Ro­torua, en­joy­ing qual­ity time to­gether and hav­ing fun on the luge and other ac­tiv­i­ties Ro­torua had on of­fer. Jonelle said it was just what they needed.

‘‘It was awe­some, it was nice to get away from re­al­ity - it was def­i­nitely worth it.’’

Mar­tin has re­cov­ered, and hopes many more fam­i­lies are able to have some time away when they need it most. The event is on April 14 at the Puke­oware Hall. Doors open at 6pm, din­ner at 7.30pm with band to fol­low. Bar and raf­fles avail­able. Tick­ets are $75 each, with ta­bles of eight. Con­tact Jude on 021 260 3252.

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