Hats off to fam­ily fundrais­ers

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

Vol­un­teers at a par­ent­ing cen­tre hope a cute win­ter hat fundraiser will help get them ahead with their fi­nances.

Marl­bor­ough Par­ents Cen­tre are sell­ing hand-made hats to help fund their par­ent­ing and in­for­ma­tion classes.

Par­ents at the vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion hope the $20 win­ter wool­lies will prove to be a hot seller as tem­per­a­tures start to dip.

Pres­i­dent of the Blen­heim­based cen­tre Re­becca Toms says each of the an­i­mal-in­spired hats will be made to or­der.

Peo­ple can chose from seven de­signs in­clud­ing mon­sters, Min­ions, la­dy­birds and mon­keys.

While mem­bers are charged a fee to join, the cen­tre re­lies on fundrais­ing to en­sure it can con­tinue to of­fer a range of ser­vices to par­ents and fam­i­lies across Marl­bor­ough.

One of the new­est cour­ses on of­fer is a re­turn to work class.

Toms, who is soon to stand down as pres­i­dent, says she first be­came in­volved with the cen­tre shortly af­ter the birth of her first child.

‘‘I did all the an­te­na­tal classes and fol­low-up ones but at the end I knew I wanted to meet peo­ple and have some form of adult con­ver­sa­tion.

‘‘It was a great way to get out,’’ she says.

Marl­bor­ough Par­ents Cen­tre has been pro­vid­ing par­ent­ing ser­vices for more than 30 years. It of­fers in­for­ma­tion on child­birth, par­ent ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port as well as ad­vo­cacy for par­ents, fam­i­lies and birthing.

The non-profit group is run by a ded­i­cated crew of vol­un­teers and Toms says the cen­tre wel­comes new mem­bers.

‘‘It’s been about giv­ing back for me but now my old­est is about to start school, it’s time to step down.

‘‘Like many other groups we are short of com­mit­tee mem­bers but if that sounds too daunt­ing we have a Friends of the Com­mit­tee group too who help out on a more ca­sual ba­sis,’’ she says.

The group will be hold­ing a com­mit­tee meet­ing at 6.30pm on Au­gust 10 at 10 Alana Place. Po­ten­tial mem­bers are en­cour­aged to at­tend to find out more about what the cen­tre can of­fer.

To or­der a hat or to find out more about the cen­tre visit the Marl­bor­ough Par­ents Cen­tre page on Face­book. Or­ders are open un­til May 28.

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