Light Party bright­ens fam­i­lies’ day

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

De­spite rain the day be­fore — and the day af­ter — the weather turned it on for the Te Awa­mutu Light Party last Wed­nes­day.

Or­gan­ised by the Com­bined Churches of Te Awa­mutu, the free event is a high­light on many lo­cal fam­i­lies’ cal­en­dars.

It’s a prac­ti­cal gift from nine churches to the com­mu­nity, and serves as a safe al­ter­na­tive to Hal­loween.

Each of the nine churches had a bar­be­cue and gave out free sausages and drinks.

Adding to the usual line-up of games, rides, face-paint­ing and bal­loon an­i­mals was a new ride — Ma­hons Amuse­ments’ Round Up.

About 200 vol­un­teers gave their time to make the event pos­si­ble. Or­gan­iser Peta Mac­don­ald says it was hard to judge how many peo­ple at­tended the event — but all food was given away.

“We had 6000 sausages and the same num­ber of drinks — and we ran out of both.”

Peta says her high­light of the event is putting a smile on chil­dren’s faces.

“What touches my heart most of all is that there are so many kids there that would never usu­ally get to go on these rides. That’s what’s so pre­cious.”

She also loves see­ing fam­i­lies come to­gether. “We love see­ing grand­par­ents, par­ents and chil­dren sit­ting on the grass and en­joy­ing a pic­nic. It’s such a lovely at­mos­phere.”

Te Awa­mutu film­mak­ers Stop the Bus cre­ated a video of the event. Check it out at www.face­book.com/ StopTheBusNZ

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Te Awa­mutu Pri­mary School stu­dent Jah-Rome McCal­lum, 9, joins in the fun and games.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Five-year-old Shivika Shankara gets her face painted at the Te Awa­mutu Light Party 2018.

Pho­tos / Bethany Rolston

Adding to the usual line-up of games, rides, face-paint­ing and bal­loon an­i­mals was a new ride — Ma­hons Amuse­ments’ Round Up.

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