Gala for Tamzyn’s bed­room

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Tamzyn Twi­dle’s fam­ily and friends are get­ting or­gan­ised for a Septem­ber 26 gala that will raise funds to build the dis­abled 7 year old a spe­cialised bed­room.

The gala or­gan­is­ers, which in­cludes Tamzyn’s mum Rae­gan Ed­wards, would love it if the peo­ple of Mata­mata could do­nate items to be auc­tioned. The or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture, books, toys and bric a brac.

Ed­wards said the idea of a gala was thought up by her friend Danielle Vin­cent af­ter she had sug­gested do­ing a cook for a cause. Ed­wards’ sis­ter had sug­gested an auc­tion. Tamzyn’s fam­ily have de­cided to in­cor­po­rate those ac­tiv­i­ties into a gala at Firth School. There will be some sort of en­try fee or a charge for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Va­ri­ety Bash is get­ting in­volved and has of­fered to bring along hot rods and may be able to bring celebri­ties like Shane Cortese to pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, as the for­mer Short­land Street ac­tor can sing.

There will be also the usual face paint­ing, bouncy cas­tles and trac­tor rides.

This is the first time the Twi­dles have set up a com­mu­nity fundrais­ing event for Tamzyn. The fam­ily would also raf­fle off a trailer load of do­nated fire­wood ahead the gala.

The fam­ily has gained more trades­peo­ple to help build the bed­room. Va­ri­ety Bash may also be able to put them in con­tact with more trades­peo­ple.

Although deal­ing with Tamzyn’s health is­sues are chal­leng­ing, Ed­wards said she was happy that it hap­pened that way.

‘‘It’s changed us as peo­ple,’’ she said of her and part­ner Dan Twi­dle. ‘‘You don’t take things for granted and you

en­joy ev­ery day.’’

The fam­ily are grate­ful that $4690 has been do­nated so far to their givealit­tle page.

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