Dis­trict’s spirit ig­nited by rain

The Leader (Tasman) - - NEWS - By SARAH DUNN

The Hope School Coun­try Bazaar went ahead suc­cess­fully de­spite tor­ren­tial rain last Satur­day. Prin­ci­pal Dave Pritchard said when he woke up to steady pre­cip­i­ta­tion, he de­cided he would have been happy if the school took in $20,000 from the an­nual fundraiser. In­stead, it made more than $23,000.

‘‘You get to a cer­tain point where you can’t turn back so we just ran with it,’’ he said.

Mr Pritchard said he heard sto­ries of lo­cals who vis­ited pre­cisely be­cause it was rain­ing as they knew the fair could do with ex­tra pa­trons. One woman paid $10 for a $5 plant, telling the stall at­ten­dant to keep the change be­cause she de­served it ‘‘on a day like this’’.

‘‘The com­mu­nity spirit was stun­ning amongst our own folk and the ones who came,’’ Dave said.

Photo: MAR­ION VAN DIJK

Cats: Diana Smith painted Cash King’s face at the Hope School Coun­try Bazaar.

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