‘Fun raiser’ event view to a thrill

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - TIM O'CONNELL

Promis­ing a day of ad­ven­ture with views to match, or­gan­is­ers of Hira School’s an­nual fundraiser say Sun­day’s Val­ley to View Fam­ily Fun Day will be ‘‘the best yet.’’

The out­door event sees the school team up with iconic tourism busi­ness Happy Val­ley Ad­ven­tures who host the day of fam­ily fun on their Ca­ble Bay prop­erty.

Or­gan­iser Kirsten McGhie said this year’s em­pha­sis was on pro­vid­ing an af­ford­able day out for fam­i­lies and the school was ex­tremely grate­ful to Happy Val­ley’s owner Jill An­der­son for mak­ing the day pos­si­ble.

McGhie said the event was a once a year chance for the pub­lic to get out and ex­plore the scenic trails, spec­tac­u­lar views and visit the Tree Tops Cafe where the sky wire will op­er­ate.

The Val­ley to View loop trail also took in panoramic views of Pepin Is­land and Delaware Bay.

Be­gin­ning at 10am, en­try has been re­duced to a gold coin which will al­low ac­cess to the scenic river flats trail where kids can en­joy a scav­enger hunt on their bikes or by sim­ply walk­ing.

En­ter­tain­ment at the Happy Val­ley base will in­clude fire ser­vice dis­plays, the har­bour master’s ves­sel Pu­nawhai on site as well as stalls and mini-paint­ball.

Hira School Prin­ci­pal Sy­mon Beat­tie said funds raised this year would go towards up­grad­ing the school’s play­ground to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble new equip­ment to chil­dren of all ages while be­ing in­clu­sive of stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

‘‘Our play­ground gets a lot of use dur­ing school hours but also in week­ends and hol­i­days as it is the only play­ground in Hira. I am stoked to see the level of com­mit­ment our lo­cal fam­i­lies have given to see this project com­pleted.’’

Beat­tie said Hira School was also hop­ing to se­cure grants fund­ing to achieve the full scope of the planned up­grade.

‘‘Chil­dren have been in­volved in the plan­ning process for our new play­ground and are re­ally keen to see their plans be­come a re­al­ity. Be­ing a decile 10 school has its plus side of course, but in terms of govern­ment fund­ing, it does mean that fundrais­ing is cru­cially im­por­tant to us.’’


Hira School’s an­nual Val­ley to View fundraiser is back this week­end, with the pub­lic given full use of the trails and at­trac­tions of Happy Val­ley Ad­ven­tures for a gold coin do­na­tion.

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