Paint the vil­lage red

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page - BY LINDA HALL

Have­lock North is turn­ing red, and it’s not be­cause its em­bar­rassed — far from it.

The vil­lage is turn­ing red with pride as it raises money for the Have­lock North Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade to build train­ing fa­cil­i­ties be­hind its sta­tion at 15 Karanema Dr, Have­lock North.

Paint the Vil­lage Red is the brain­child of a group of Vil­lage busi­ness peo­ple, John Macpher­son, Amy Ste­wart, Ge­orge Wil­liams and Sam Jack­man.

The group is no stranger to putting in hours of vol­un­tary work for the sake of their com­mu­nity. They have brought Jane Dunker­ley on board as gala con­vener.

John is call­ing on the com­mu­nity spirit to get be­hind the fundrais­ing ven­ture, which he is cer­tain will reach its goal of $50,000.

“The aim of Paint The Vil­lage Red is one, to raise money and two, to raise aware­ness of what the vol­un­teer fire brigade do for this com­mu­nity,” John says.

“We don’t really ap­pre­ci­ate just what they do. There are 35 male and fe­male vol­un­teers who are at the sta­tion within four min­utes of an alarm go­ing off.

“The ma­jor­ity of th­ese peo­ple are em­ployed and their em­ploy­ers al­low them to drop tools and go. They can some­times be gone for hours so it really is a com­mu­nity ef­fort. Last year there were around 235 call­outs.

“They don’t just at­tend fires, they are of­ten first re­spon­ders to car ac­ci­dents.

“They really are the un­sung he­roes of the vil­lage and Paint the Vil­lage Red is a way to recog­nise them and show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Ev­ery house in Have­lock North will get an en­ve­lope out­lin­ing what’s hap­pen­ing and re­quest­ing a do­na­tion in re­turn for an in­stalled smoke de­tec­tor. The ma­jor push will be from Septem­ber 21-23. There will be a bucket col­lec­tion on Fri­day and re­tail ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week­end such as “red plate and red glass spe­cials” at some of the restau­rants and cafes, with part of the pur­chase price go­ing to­ward the fundrais­ing.

“Most schools are do­ing gold coin mufti days and there are lots of com­mu­nity groups plan­ning events,” Jane says.

The big event is an old-fash­ioned gala next to the Fire Sta­tion on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23 be­tween 11am and 3pm. It will be fam­ily fo­cused and the fire­men will be putting on dis­plays.

“There will be plenty of things to en­ter­tain peo­ple,” Jane says.

“This is a chance for the com­mu­nity to show our fire brigade just how much we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing they do for us,” John says. “We are look­ing for do­na­tions of qual­ity prod­ucts for the wheel and tombola raf­fles. We are also look­ing for peo­ple will­ing to come and help out. We would love the support.”

■ Do­na­tions of good-qual­ity items for raf­fles and money do­na­tions for the fund can be left at Ad­v­in­tage, 4 Don­nelly St, Have­lock North.

PHOTO / DUN­CAN BROWN

Have­lock North Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade mem­bers are ready to help Paint the Vil­lage Red to raise funds for a train­ing fa­cil­ity.

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