Ti­tahi Bay fam­ily ben­e­fits from play­cen­tre’s gen­er­ous fundraiser

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It took a lot of work be­fore Tawa- Lin­den Play­cen­tre could gift $2300 to one of its long­stand­ing fam­i­lies, the Mun­ros of Ti­tahi Bay.

The Play­cen­tre sewed tooth fairy pil­lows, baked cup­cakes, had fam­ily photo ses­sions, siz­zled sausages and or­gan­ised a garage sale to raise the money.

It hopes it can help to­wards the $50,000 cost of a mo­bil­ity van to trans­port the fam­ily’s two adults, Carly Poin­ton and Shan­non Munro, and their five chil­dren.

The fam­ily had just spent a lot of time and money ren­o­vat­ing their home to cater for wheel­chair ac­cess, when they were ad­vised that the law re­quired them to have a spe­cially made 2012 Hi­ace with $20,000 worth of hoists and re­straints for two of their chil­dren, Kaden and Andie.

Kaden, 6, and his sis­ter Andie, 4, have global de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­ity.

They dis­play autism- like symp­toms and have lim­ited mo­bil­ity, so re­quire wheel­chairs, mo­bil­ity aids and loads of ther­apy.

The fam­ily


for sup­port for fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties they were or­gan­is­ing to meet a $ 35,000 deficit be­tween the full amount and a Lot­ter­ies grant that runs out in De­cem­ber.

The Mun­ros are still $15,000 short, and the grant must be used by De­cem­ber.

Tawa-Lin­den Play­cen­tre is hop­ing a busi­ness might pro­vide a spon­sor­ship deal or that in­di­vid­u­als or com­mu­nity groups might be able to do­nate via givealit­tle.co.nz.

The fam­ily’s next fundraiser, An Evening with Aaradhna, will be held at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Fri­day, 7pm.

Back from an Amer­i­can tour, Porirua- raised R& B queen Aaradhna will per­form with other mu­si­cal tal­ent to cel­e­brate the arena’s fifth birth­day this month. The con­cert will also co­in­cide with Strong Pa­cific Fam­i­lies Week.

Pro­ceeds will go to Wheels 4 Wheels to help the Munro fam­ily buy a mo­bil­ity van.

Tawa Li­ons Club meets the first and third Wed­nes­day of the month at 6pm at the Lin­den So­cial Cen­tre. To in­quire about join­ing, con­tact Mike Baker, 232 6406 or visit li­on­sclubs.org.nz/tawa. Muck­ing in: Tawa Li­ons mem­bers Ross Ped­der, Bob McCul­lough, pres­i­dent Mike Baker, Graeme

Munro and John Ber­tie.

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