Otago Daily Times

Wa­ter the way to go for Kaiko­rai school’s fundrais­ing street party

- JOHN GIBB Dunedin

KAIKO­RAI Pri­mary School’s street party made a splash on Satur­day — es­pe­cially for prin­ci­pal Si­mon Clarke who was in the dunk­ing chair.

The school’s fundrais­ing fair has long been held ev­ery two years, but, partly be­cause of Covid­19, there were sev­eral new twists to the wellestab­lished for­mula on Satur­day.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple swarmed into the party, en­joy­ing not only the school grounds and fair at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing plant stalls, but also rel­ished the fact that for the first time the Dunedin City Coun­cil had given per­mis­sion for Wright St, be­side the school, to be closed for the event.

Many more stalls, some sell­ing hot food, were set up in the street.

A full sound sys­tem also pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing a me­morable per­for­mance by com­mu­nity Ja­panese drum­ming group O­Taiko.

Party co­or­di­na­tor Kelly Mack­night said plan­ning the fair usu­ally took many months, but af­ter Auck­land’s Covid­19 out­break in Au­gust, Dunedin had re­turned to Alert Level 2, and lim­ited gath­er­ing sizes.

The party then had to be or­gan­ised in only a few weeks, once re­stric­tions were later re­laxed.

The fair had pre­vi­ously raised $30,000, and she was delighted that about $26,000 had been raised this year, de­spite the pan­demic af­ter­math.

The main fo­cus this year was on cel­e­brat­ing hav­ing come through Covid­19 suc­cess­fully as a com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s been a tough year for peo­ple but the school com­mu­nity has re­ally come to­gether, peo­ple have been very gen­er­ous.’’

 ?? PHO­TOS: PETER MCIN­TOSH ?? Cap­tion3
Splash . . . Kaiko­rai Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Si­mon Clarke gets a dunk­ing of cold wa­ter, in the name of fund­rais­ing, dur­ing the school’s street party on Satur­day.
PHO­TOS: PETER MCIN­TOSH Cap­tion3 Splash . . . Kaiko­rai Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Si­mon Clarke gets a dunk­ing of cold wa­ter, in the name of fund­rais­ing, dur­ing the school’s street party on Satur­day.
 ??  ?? Wa­tery shock . . . Kaiko­rai Pri­mary School pupil Libby Al­li­son (10) re­acts when a fel­low pupil is soaked at the fundrais­ing splash at­trac­tion on Satur­day.
Wa­tery shock . . . Kaiko­rai Pri­mary School pupil Libby Al­li­son (10) re­acts when a fel­low pupil is soaked at the fundrais­ing splash at­trac­tion on Satur­day.

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