Fes­tive cul-de-sac

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A cul-de-sac in Wood­man Drive, Tawa, is the place to be this Thurs­day night if you re­ally want to feel the Christ­mas spirit – and see it il­lu­mi­nated in all its glory.

The neigh­bour­hood boasts some amaz­ing Christ­mas dis­plays and at­tracts reg­u­lar vis­i­tors. One par­tic­u­lar cul-de-sac, which has houses num­ber­ing 46-54, is decked out with San­tas, candy canes, lights and many other fes­tive fea­tures through De­cem­ber.

Tawa Col­lege’s head boy and Wood­man Dr res­i­dent Mitchell Bernard came up with the idea for a cel­e­bra­tion of all things Christ­mas, to be held in the cul- de-sac, but with an ul­te­rior mo­tive – rais­ing money for the Sal­va­tion Army.

‘‘So many houses in Wood­man get their houses decked out, it’s an im­pres­sive sight that a lot of peo­ple come up to see. So I thought it would be a great op­por­tu­nity to hold a party, have a bit of fun and raise some money for a char­ity that needs it. I hope ev­ery­one comes up for a look.’’

The Tawa Col­lege Dawn Cho­rus – fresh from a per­for­mance at the Michael Fowler Cen­tre over the week­end – will be in full song, along with a brass band, from 7pm. There will be a sausage siz­zle and other food avail­able, along with raf­fles of gift bas­kets that have been sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses.

Ev­ery dol­lar raised will go to the Sal­va­tion Army.

Mitchell is con­fi­dent it can be­come an an­nual af­fair, linked with Tawa Col­lege. He re­ceived help from other head stu­dents, from this year and next, and from teacher Jenny En­gel­brecht, who ‘‘loved the idea’’.

‘‘I texted a cou­ple of mates and said we should do this, then a few more peo­ple got in­volved and in the end there was 16 of us. It’s just kind of grown. This is our last year [ at col­lege] and it’s been about giv­ing back to our school and com­mu­nity that has served us so well.’’

Party time: Tawa Col­lege head boy Mitchell Bernard, the chief or­gan­iser of the street party in Wood­man Drive this week, is con­fi­dent the event will go down a treat with res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.

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