Taking the time to celebrate milestones
‘‘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.