Fill The Bus food drive is a big hit!

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Paul Hickey

Thank you. Thank you. And thank you again.

Wed­nes­day’s The Hits Fill The Bus event was an over­whelm­ing and hum­bling day. You came out in droves as in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, work col­leagues and school­mates to donate to the Sal­va­tion Army Food­bank. It was all about the Ro­torua com­mu­nity get­ting out and sup­port­ing our own, each do­ing our own lit­tle bit to help to make this time of the year spe­cial.

The Sal­va­tion Army does such a great job and a lot of peo­ple would be gen­uinely sur­prised at how many fam­i­lies of all types they sup­port with the food­bank.

There are too many in­di­vid­u­als to thank so I’m not even go­ing to try. But we cer­tainly need to thank Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil and Rees­bys for the bus — it is pretty hard to Fill The Bus with­out a bus — and our NZME fam­ily at the Ro­torua Daily Post for their sup­port too.

Reg­u­lar lis­ten­ers and read­ers know how much I love my job. I just re­ally en­joy be­ing in­volved in this great com­mu­nity. I get to be part of some pretty cool things that go on around town, and this week has again pro­vided one of the high­lights of the year.

So from Kat, Bryce, my­self and all the team at The Hits — THANK YOU RO­TORUA.

Xmas mu­sic de­bate

One of the big de­bates at the ra­dio sta­tion ev­ery year is when we should start play­ing Christ­mas songs. Not just in the stu­dio and of­fice, but we are bom­barded by phone calls and text mes­sages about the topic as well. Find­ing the mid­dle ground to please ev­ery­one can be a lit­tle tough. Where do you stand on this topic? Are you one of those peo­ple who starts play­ing Christ­mas mu­sic in Novem­ber, or do you still cringe when you hear Snoopy’s Christ­mas on De­cem­ber 24? If you are the sec­ond kind of per­son, it ap­pears that you are prob­a­bly also a lot less stressed than your fes­tive friends and fam­ily.

There is new re­search out that shows rep­e­ti­tion of hol­i­day mu­sic can have a psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact on us. Af­ter a point, the more times you hear a Christ­mas song, the more likely it will lead to feel­ings of bore­dom, an­noy­ance and even dis­tress!

That’s be­cause the brain be­comes over­sat­u­rated, trig­ger­ing a neg­a­tive re­sponse. If you’re al­ready wor­ried about money, work or see­ing fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­days, the con­stant bom­bard­ment of cheer­ful tunes may re­in­force that in­stead of re­liev­ing it.

All kind of makes sense when you think about it that way but by the end of the first week of De­cem­ber, the ma­jor­ity want to hear the fes­tive tunes so yes, we are play­ing them now on The Hits!

Right call

I am sure there were plenty of dis­ap­pointed peo­ple, and es­pe­cially the kids, af­ter the Ro­torua Christ­mas Pa­rade and Fes­ti­val got called off last week­end. But sit­ting at home at the time the pa­rade would have been tak­ing place it was ob­vi­ous that the right call was made. And I do be­lieve it was the right call to try again this com­ing week­end. Yes, there are a few floats that couldn’t make the resched­uled date, but at least the com­mu­nity still gets its pa­rade, right? Let’s hope to­mor­row is a fan­tas­tic day for all in­volved.

For me it means a big day, with Iron­man in Taupo¯ in the morn­ing, pa­rade in the af­ter­noon, then up to the Stock­cars in the evening, but it’s all worth it to be part of some cool events!

■ Paul Hickey is the host of the lo­cally based 9am-3pm show on The Hits Ro­torua 97.5FM. Fol­low on Face­book The Hits Ro­torua and on Twit­ter @paul­hick­eynz

PHOTO/AN­DREW WARNER

Fill the Bus was a great suc­cess. Pic­tured, Ralph Over­bye from the Sal­va­tion Army (front) Paul Hickey from the Hits, Mor­gan and Suzy King and Bryce Mor­ris.

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