Play­cen­tre sells fruit and veg

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HAT­TAN

Hin­uera Play­cen­tre are cap­i­tal­is­ing on their own re­sources to raise funds.

Pres­i­dent Jen­nie Red­shaw said the cen­tre is home to chick­ens and pet mice and they’ve al­ways had a veg­etable gar­den. ‘‘We like to en­cour­age the kids to enjoy gar­den­ing and to know where their food comes from.’’

With the need to raise more funds, an idea came to fruiton whereby the play­cen­tre will run a fruit and vege stall.

The par­ents all have ac­cess to fruit trees and a wide range of other prod­ucts. They will even have Christ­mas plums in time for the fes­tive sea­son and eggs from the cen­tre’s chick­ens.

Jen­nie would love the com­mu­nity to pop out and have a look at what the play­cen­tre’s stall is sell­ing. It will be run with an hon­esty box.

While the cen­tre is hop­ing to raise funds, they also have an im­por­tant mes­sage. ‘‘We want to pro­mote 5+ a day within the com­mu­nity,’’ Jen­nie said.

The chil­dren are hav­ing plenty of fun plant­ing seeds and keep­ing an eye on the veg­gie gar­den.

Funds raised will go to­wards re­sources and cen­tre trips. ‘‘Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps,’’ Jen­nie said.

Hin­uera Play­cen­tre, lo­cated be­tween Hin­uera School and the Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club, is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers. They are open ev­ery week day and hold all day ses­sions on a Mon­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, see the What’s On pages.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Hin­uera Play­cen­tre chil­dren, from left, Jaxon Smith, 3, Grace Smith, 2, Char­lie Red­shaw, 4, Quinn McGlashin, 2, and Solo­man McGlashin,3, with their fruit and veg­gie stall.

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