New play­ground on the cards

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Car­men Hall [email protected]

Apro­ject de­signed to raise money for amuch-needed play­ground will have hun­dreds of peo­ple lac­ing up their run­ning shoes next month.

The an­nual Golden Sands School Fun Run & Walk is gear­ing up for an­other event to raise funds for the school.

With in­creas­ing stu­dents num­bers at the school the orig­i­nal play­ground was de­vel­oped for 80 pupils when the school opened.

To­day the school has a roll of 620 chil­dren and a new play­ground is im­por­tant.

Prin­ci­pal Me­lanie Tay­lor says the Fun Run is awon­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to wel­come every­one to the school for a great day out.

“Therewill be some­thing for every­one to en­joy.”

Last week All Black Nathan Har­ris vis­ited the school for a chat and to of­fer stu­dents some help­ful ad­vice.

“Ex­er­cise with my fam­ily is very im­por­tant forme and it doesn’t mat­ter what age your chil­dren are.

“I walk­with my daugh­ter, who is four months old, train with my brother who loves surf life sav­ing and I have the odd game of touch rugby with my par­ents.”

“Com­ing along to a fun run or walk is a great way to get every­one to­gether and have some fun. I’m happy to sup­port any event that gets a com­mu­nity to­gether. The school needs a new

play­ground, so the event is rais­ing money for a great cause.”

Me­lanie says Nathanwas keen to be the first one to have a go on the new play­ground.

“Hav­ing Nathan’s sup­port is great, and get­ting him along to school to meet some of our young rugby play­ers was won­der­ful. He’s even ‘bagsed’ the first go on the play­ground, and we’re more than happy to ac­com­mo­date.”

Event Direc­tor Les­ley Park says the fun run is a huge com­mu­nity event.

She was en­cour­ag­ing every­one to give it a go and says there would be en­ter­tain­ment af­ter­wards.

Last year the run at­tracted more than 1000 par­tic­i­pants, and this time around its even big­ger than last year with hun­dreds of spot prizes and gen­er­ous race packs, she says.

Spot prizes in­clude a $1000 House of Travel Pa¯pa¯moa Vouch­ers, $500 Mega Mitre 10 Tau­ranga voucher, Vik­ings adults Kayak, Weeni Wave kids kayak, $250 Z Pa¯pa¯moa petrol vouch­ers, Den­tal Plus Hy­gien­ist and teeth whiten­ing voucher worth $928, three $250 Free­dom Fur­ni­ture vouch­ers and one year of swim­ming coach­ing at Bar­letts Swim School Pa¯pa¯moa, plus much more.

“Once again our gen­er­ous spon­sors Golden Sands Devel­op­ment, Next Door Realty, Bay Civil, 4 Square Pa¯pa¯moa and S & L Con­sul­tants have come on board to make our event pos­si­ble. We’re ex­cited to host­ing this ma­jor event in Pa¯pa¯moa’s cal­en­dar and to fundraise for a beau­ti­ful new play­ground.”


The Golden Sands School Fun Run & Walk is a pop­u­lar event for the whole fam­ily.

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