Titahi Bay family benefits from playcentre’s generous fundraiser
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.
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.