Gala for Tamzyn’s bedroom
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.