Full sleigh for raf­fle

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Christ­mas will come early for one lucky win­ner of this year’s Pakeke Li­ons sleigh raf­fle.

Raf­fle con­venor Ray Jack­son said he has been over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal busi­nesses who have do­nated a huge num­ber of items once again this year.

What young­ster wouldn’t want a New Hol­land kids ride-on trac­tor?

There is a blow-up kids swim­ming pool, nu­mer­ous kids toys and games, jig­saws, Sun­beam slow cooker, cell­phone, Fos­sil watch, bath tow­els, car ra­dio, Ar­morall gift pack, power lock and gar­den ten­nis set — just a few of the good­ies in the chock-full sleigh.

Sec­ond prize is a ham sup­plied by Mag­ill’s Meats and vouch­ers.

Third prize is poul­try and sun­dries.

Raf­fle tick­ets went on sale at 9.30am out­side The Ware­house last Thurs­day and will con­tinue to be sold at var­i­ous venues around the town from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day each week un­til De­cem­ber 15, the last day.

Other venues for tick­ets, be­sides The Ware­house, are Pak‘nSave, the main street out­side ANZ Bank, Pa­per Plus and Count­down.

A book of five tick­ets can be pur­chased for $5 or one ticket for $2.

The raf­fle will be drawn on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17 and the win­ner pub­lished in the Te Awa­mutu Courier.

Pakeke Li­ons are al­ways on the look out for more volunteers to sell the raf­fle tick­ets.

If you are will­ing to as­sist, con­tact Shirley Grey on 871 6959.

All the prof­its from the ticket sales go to lo­cal char­i­ties.

There have been some mem­o­rable ges­tures by past win­ners of the mon­ster sleigh raf­fle.

One was Pa¯terangi cou­ple Michael and Gla­dys Toomath do­nat­ing all the toys from their prize win in 2016 to The Barn­yard Child­care who had sev­eral of their toys stolen right on Christ­mas a year ear­lier.

“We have no chil­dren of our own so we hope the kids at The Barn­yard get many, many hours of fun and laugh­ter from play­ing with the toys,” said Mr Toomath.

Pakeke Li­ons raf­fle con­vener at the time, Ian Grey, pre­sented the toys, in­clud­ing a kids’ minia­ture rideon Kub­ota trac­tor and trailer, to The Barn­yard.

Ian said see­ing all the kids’ eyes light up when they spot­ted the trac­tor and trailer was a joy to be­hold.

The Barn­yard Child­care owner/man­ager Michelle Cum­mings was blown away by the gen­eros­ity of the Toomaths.

In 2013 the raf­fle win­ner, Ka¯ whia mother of four adult chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren, Ta­nia Car­nachan, do­nated all the toys to the City Mis­sion and hos­pi­tals.

“The City Mis­sion does great things,” said Mrs Car­nachan, who, at the time, had three grand­chil­dren liv­ing in New Zealand aged 16, 19 and 22, and two aged seven and 10 liv­ing in Perth.

One item she did not give up was a fish smoker.

“That will come in real handy for smok­ing our mul­let,” she said.

Con Wil­liams, raf­fle win­ner in 2010, said sev­eral of the items were put aside for his chil­dren and four grand­chil­dren, while the rest was given to the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal.

Con is a reg­u­lar sup­porter of the raf­fle. He thanked the Pakeke Li­ons for the work it does in fundrais­ing for the com­mu­nity.

He also thanked lo­cal busi­nesses that sup­port the raf­fle.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Pakeke Li­ons’ Ray Jack­son (left) and Ian Grey help pack the sleigh chock-full of good­ies ready to raf­fle off.

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