Garage sale helps fund new equipment at Tairua kindy

20 Jul 2021

New seedlings, DIY and dance parties on the grass are all on the agenda at Central Kids Kindergarten Tairua following last Saturday’s garage sale fundraiser which managed to tempt a steady stream of bargain hunters despite the stormy weather.

Kindy staff and whanau organised the event and head teacher, Bridget Crossley, says the donations of items for sale came thick and fast. “We have the most incredible community,” she says. “People were coming in every day this week to drop of stuff for us to sell, we are so incredibly grateful for everyone’s kindness and generosity.”

The main goal of the garage sale was to raise funds for new equipment. “We had three things on our list,” Bridget says. “The main one is gardening equipment, in particular gloves and masks because our tamariki are really keen on planting seeds. Many of them already bring a lot of knowledge in from home and are eager to share it with us by helping us grow our own plants which we can then plant in our veggie gardens and around our community.”

Also on the shopping list is a cordless drill for carpentry and construction projects and an outdoor speaker. “We love dancing out on the grass at kindy, we have a lot of dance parties so we need to get a bluetooth speaker outside for our music,” Bridget says.

With the rain keeping some people away, Bridget says the team will look to organise a similar event closer to summer. “We are very grateful to those who did manage to come along, despite the weather,” she says. “We always love welcoming people to Tairua kindy and appreciate the great relationships we have with our community.”

Pictured: Some of those who participated in the fundraiser. Back, from the left - whanau helpers Dave Beach, Nicoletta Moss, Anthony Cheung and Mark Beach. Front, from the left - Julie Meikle (customer), Bridget Crossley (Central Kids Kindergarten Tairua head teacher), Zaphia Ellery (teacher) and Debbie Tarr (teacher).