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A trailer full of Christmas
Rotorua Weekender, Rotorua Bay of Plenty  by Shauni James
15 Dec 2017
General News - Page 3 - 236 words - ID 888167150 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 242.00cm2

A trailer full of goodies was delivered to a thrilled Rotorua resident this week as part of a fundraiser for the local Kiwi Can programme.

Rotary Rotorua Sunrise Club organised a caged trailer and filled it with goods valued at nearly $5000.

It then sold tickets outside Pak'nSave, which raised $10,500 for Kiwi Can.

The trailer was donated by Pak'nSave owner/operator Neil Foster.

Rotary Rotorua Sunrise Club community director Rachel Warrender says the club holds this fundraiser for a different charity every year in the lead-up to Christmas.

The winner of the trailer was Lesley Patchell. She was thrilled, and excited for her 11 grandchildren to see the trailer and have extra Christmas presents.

They included a barbecue, a bar fridge, a few hundred dollars' of groceries, sports equipment, children's toys, outdoor table and chairs, picnic sets and appliances.

Rachel says the club decided to support Kiwi Can, a programme in primary schools which starts in Rotorua next year, and helps children develop life skills to address issues such as bullying and truancy.

"The positive relationships and things they learn from this programme is really worthwhile for our community." Rachel says the club has a number of projects throughout the year raising money for charities, both locally and internationally.

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GOODIES: (From left) Rotary Rotorua Sunrise Club member Lynne Joseph and the club's community director Rachel Warrender, with Leslie Patchell and the trailer of goods. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

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