$35,000 raised in one day despite “catastrophic weather”

Ngaio School has raised more than $35,000 from its gala  despite bad weather on the day.

Gala committee member Diana Price said the $35,000 would to go towards building new changing sheds for the school pool as they were in “dire need of replacement”.

She was pleased with the turnout given the torrential rain, she said.

The gala has been the school’s major fundraiser for over 15 years.

Principal Liz Millar said, “When the gala happens, everyone just comes together. Despite the “catastrophic weather”, there was “no way you could call it off”, Millar said.

“It was really impressive to see everyone come out for a common purpose.” The March 12 gala ran without any problems.

An addition to the gala was an online TradeMe auction that featured 90 listings including an All Black jersey signed by the All Black’s 2016 End of Year Tour team that went for over $1250.

A Facebook page was also run to increase reach and awareness of the gala. Price said one patron was there for when doors opened to buy toys that his wife had seen in a photo posted the night before.

People could be photographed with the Webb Ellis Cup – awarded to the Rugby World Cup champions. The annual Jaffa roll also went ahead: children sell numbered Jaffa’s, which are then raced down a ramp.

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