Wānaka Sun       

Skate Club fundraiser raises $1,500 for house fire families

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Apr, 2021 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

A fundraiser organised by the Wānaka Skate Club to support their young members and families affected by the Totara Terrace house fire raised $1,500 on Sunday, along with donations and products from a number of supporting businesses.

The club executive of Wayne Pretty, Olly Burke and Sally Norman organised a sausage sizzle and skate jam in Pembroke Park, and put out a call for any businesses wishing to get involved on Facebook. They were overwhelmed when offers - from bouncy castles to BBQing equipment - came flooding in.

The Skate Club gave special thanks to New World, Wānaka Four Square, WanaBounce, Florence's Café, Rhyme & Reason, Base, Mons Royale, Radcliffe Electrical, Caltex, Red Star, Soul Clothing, Ripe Festival, Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Fallows family, and all members of the community and Wānaka Skate Club who came to support.

Club president Olly Burke said: “Events like this go to show how strong the skate community is in Wānaka and that we are all there for each other. With a new direction, the club plans to build on its sense of community and create a positive culture. The first goal is a litter free skatepark.”

The soundtrack to the fundraiser was organised by Mat Doyle, with musical performances from local acts Cheap Thrills, Snake Rat and Slow on the Kahu Youth community stage. 

The town's second Guerrilla Gig also took place with performances from Paige Gawn, Ella Miles, Alex Dykes - who travelled from Dunedin - Oliver Prince DJing and artist Julia Sternkopf painting a landscape as the music took place. 

Guerrilla Mark Orbell said the “fantastic” event was very well-supported by the community.

For anyone else who would like to support the families, donations can be arranged via Community Networks.

Read edition 1020 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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