With spit-roasted lamb sandwiches, hamburgers and barbecued sausages, Waitohu Café serving real coffee, stalls selling goods of all kinds and a variety of activities for the kids, the Waitohu School gala was a great success.
People had the opportunity to try their hand at sheep shearing and driving a small digger. Horse and pony rides were popular too. In the fun zone there was an old time long drop dunny – only this time when a ball hit the target the person seated had water dumped on them from above. The kids loved the opportunity to try and dunk principal Maine Curtis. Funky hair dos, face painting, bouncy castles and mini sumo wrestling are always popular. Star Wars character Darth Vader made an appearance too.
The stalls all did well, with the cake and plant stalls almost clearing their stock and the quickfire raffle wheel was always a winner. About $8000 was made on the day.
“It was a great day,” Home and School Association president Shelly Warwick said. “We, are on a mission to improve playground facilities, so the funds raised will go towards upgrading the equipment.”
The school appreciates the support of donors for goods and vouchers for the raffle, Alan Marsden with his sheep shearing and Beachbrook Stables for bringing their horses.