Christ­mas (pa­rade) is com­ing to Te Awa­mutu

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY DEAN TAYLOR

Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club has stepped up to take over the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Christ­mas Pa­rade fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that the small, vol­un­teer group pre­vi­ously re­spon­si­ble was re­tir­ing.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Chris Kay says mem­bers agreed the event was too im­por­tant and too good to let go — so the club voted to take over the event.

“It is a good op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote our club and the town,” says Chris.

Main spon­sor Gisler Ar­chi­tects is stay­ing on board, and the mem­bers of the for­mer com­mit­tee are all of­fer­ing their ex­per­tise in one form or an­other.

The Ro­tary/Gisler Ar­chi­tects Christ­mas Pa­rade will take place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 and gen­er­ally fol­low the same for­mat as pre­vi­ous years.

Chris says the club is con­cen­trat­ing their ef­forts on the pa­rade, so there will not be a pic­nic in the park after­wards.

The club aims to have an on­line reg­is­tra­tion process up and run­ning soon and is look­ing at some new ini­tia­tives — one be­ing to auc­tion off the right to lead the pa­rade and an­other to bring up the rear with Santa Claus on board.

“We’ll also be look­ing for vol­un­teers to help with the event,” says Chris.

“One of the main jobs will be sim­ply pro­vid­ing man­power on the day to en­sure the huge crowd that en­joys the an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade is safe.”

Any­one will­ing to as­sist Ro­tary, or want­ing more in­for­ma­tion, can phone Chris — 027 2946562 or email the club teawa­mu­tur­o­

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Pop­u­lar Christ­mas Pa­rade will be back this year thanks to Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club and reg­u­lar spon­sor Gisler Ar­chi­tects.

Photo / Dean Taylor

Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club float from last year. This year they are or­gan­is­ing and run­ning the event.

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