Tak­ing the time to cel­e­brate mile­stones

North Waikato News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

‘‘You can’t do it without peo­ple who are lo­cal, who are knowl­edgable, and car­ing, they’ll go the ex­tra mile.’’

The past 14 years have been a whirl­wind for peo­ple of the Ngaru­awahia Com­mu­nity House and this year it was time to cel­e­brate.

On Fri­day, the mile­stone was recog­nised with reminiscing, sweet treats, clas­sic bar­be­cued sausages and the launch of its new logo.

‘‘It [the event] was al­ways de­signed to be very re­laxed and about the peo­ple,’’ man­ager Anne Ramsey said.

It’s been a while since an an­niver­sary was cel­e­brated and Ramsey said they’d be mak­ing it an an­nual oc­cur­rence.

The new im­age was in­spired by the tree in the front yard of the house lo­cated on Galileo St.

De­signed by lo­cal man Dan Tairaki, it was one of four im­ages avail­able for vis­i­tors to vote on.

‘‘The tree has grown with us, it was very lit­tle we moved in,’’ Ramsey said.

The house, for­merly a vicarage, was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as the Ngaru­awahia Re­source Cen­tre 24 years ago.

But as town’s needs grew, more ser­vices were de­vel­oped and a decade on it was re-named the Ngaru­awahia Com­mu­nity House.

Over the years there’s been re­vamps and ad­di­tions to the house.

Funded by mostly grants, Ramsey said there had also been a fair few bar­be­cues to cover the ex­tras.

While she wouldn’t mind never see­ing fried onions again, it’s al­ways been a re­li­able fundraiser.

‘‘When you go for fund­ing, it’s more about the op­er­a­tion of it, it’s just about the ex­tra bits and pieces.’’

But it’s not pos­si­ble without peo­ple, she said.

‘‘Most of it is down to the com­mit­tees we had, and the staff. You can’t do it without peo­ple who are lo­cal, who are knowl­edgable, and car­ing, they’ll go the ex­tra mile.’’

Even up un­til a few weeks ago they were flip­ping sausages to fundraise for the re-brand­ing.

Karyn Car­pen­ter is one of those who have played an im­por­tant part.

After spend­ing count­less hours vol­un­tar­ily clean­ing the fa­cil­ity most Mon­days for the last 14 years, it was only ap­pro­pri­ate she cut the cel­e­bra­tion cake with Waikato district mayor Al­lan San­son.

Never ex­pect­ing to con­tinue for so long, she said peo­ple at the house have be­come her sec­ond fam­ily.

Vol­un­teer cleaner Karyn Car­pen­ter and Waikato district mayor Al­lan San­son cut the cel­e­bra­tion cake.

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