District’s spirit ignited by rain
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.
Cats: Diana Smith painted Cash King’s face at the Hope School Country Bazaar.