Per­fect day at the fair

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

Lin­coln Univer­sity’s Fu­ture Lead­ers Schol­ar­ship stu­dents pulled off a suc­cess­ful char­ity fair on Sun­day, with the weather play­ing ball for the per­fect day.

Organiser Pippa Hud­dle­ston said the group of 51 stu­dents at­tracted a crowd in the hun­dreds onto the cam­pus’ rugby fields for the fair, rais­ing more than $1070.

‘‘It went re­ally well, bet­ter than ex­pected. It’s [the money raised] pretty good con­sid­er­ing it was all from gold coin do­na­tions.’’

The money would be split be­tween six char­i­ties; the RSA, New Zealand Fire Ser­vice, Can­teen, Samoan Vic­tims Sup­port Group, Ron­ald McDon­ald Hose and De­pres­sion NZ.

Hud­dle­ston said the stu­dents be­gan plan­ning the event in April as part of the Lend­ing a Hand com­po­nent of their schol­ar­ship.

‘‘It was a bit of a mis­sion, but it worked well.’’

Along with food trucks, mar­kets stalls, bouncy cas­tle and pet­ting zoo the stu­dents ran ac­tiv­i­ties to en­ter­tain the crowds.

Hud­dle­ston said she would love for the event to be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture on the Lin­coln Univer­sity cal­en­dar, but thought likely be a one off.

‘‘Hope­fully an­other group might take it on. It was just such a good day.’’

She said it was good for the univer­sity to wel­come the pub­lic onto the cam­pus to build con­nec­tions be­tween the stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

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