Twelve months ago, a junior teacher at Our Lady of the Snows School identified that the school playground (built in the 1980’s) was not suitable: It was simply too challenging for most of the kids.
The Friends of the School decided they would start to apply for grants and work towards upgrading the playground to something more suitable over the next 3-5 years.
In order to kick start fundraising for the playground, a group of parents set up a Christmas fundraiser making and selling fudge and truffles. They made and sold thousands!
“We think almost everyone in Methven was gifted a box for Christmas. Terrace Downs Golf Resort purchased 200 alone and ‘Santa’ gave them out on Christmas day,” said parent and volunteer, Deidra O’Shea.
“We sourced the ingredients through kind businesses such as Ashburton New World, Office Max, Whittakers and Cadbury. We spent all of November and December making, organising, boxing them up and delivering them.”
The group of busy Trufflers raised just over $3000.
“We were feeling proud but we knew that a new playground could cost another $70,000!” Deidra added. “Then, one of the parents saw a playground for sale on Trade Me costing exactly $2995 so we bought that one!”
With the help of a team of volunteers (including local Lions Club members and a truck kindly donated by Philip Wareing) the playground was transported back to Methven from its original home at Ashgrove School in Christchurch.
With the help of parents, volunteers from The Dubliner and even the CRUSADERS the playground was installed.
Now the children have a playground they can all use. There are now just a few modifications to be made including a lick of paint but all in all everyone is super happy to have been able to provide for the children in such a practical way.
The organisers would like to thank all the people who gave so much of their time and energy to make this project a success including: Ashgrove School, The Fitzgerald Family, Francis & Johnny Royston, Phil & George McKendry, Garry Manning, Paul & Jules Coldicott, Ross Smart, The Dirks Family, Philip Wareing Transport, Methven Trucking, The Clark Family, The mighty Crusaders, and all of our other wonderful helpers and extended school family.
Photo: Students of Our Lady of the Snows School say ‘thank you!’ to all who helped with their new playground