|Kidsfirst Burnham kindergarten families dug deep to support the annual wheelathon - their biggest, fun community fundraising event of the year...|
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Decorated runner or pedal-powered bikes and scooters complete with crazy designs, reindeer horns or tinsel flowing took to the Kidsfirst Burnham Kindergarten streets for a good cause.
“The evening was an amazing success with huge family turn out – which we really appreciate at this busy time of the year,” says Head Teacher, Birgit Bracewell.
The roads surrounding the kindergarten were blocked off with orange cones and supervised by the local Military Police. Afterwards, children received a huge paki paki (clap) for their involvement, a participation certificate and a gift.
The fun, family event continued into the evening with a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, face painting, awesome games to land prizes and entertainment from a unicycle riding, juggling rainbow, polka-dotted, red-nosed clown.
It’s become a bit of a kindergarten tradition to run an auction selling deliciously decorated, donated cakes to the highest bidder. As part of the fundraiser Teacher, Mark Lewis ‘hammed it up as the auctioneer.’
Mark was blown away by the community’s generosity (one cake went for $80!) and says, “our auction added to the brilliant buzz of an awesome kindergarten event and highlights just how willing people are to give back.”
“The inspiring thing for me was the way tamariki were having fun but also looking out for each other,” adds Mark. “We have a lot of littlies that have just started and I’m super proud of the way older children were mindful of the younger ones’ safety.”
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.