By TRACEY ROXBURGH
A proper knees-up’s on the way for Arrowtown tonight — in part to wash away the Covid blues, but also raising much-needed money to help fund the town’s preschool extension.
Announced last June, a decade after the Arrowtown Preschool’s Cotter Avenue site opened to take pressure off its Durham Street site, the extension will include additions to enable the tiny charges to enjoy restful shut-eye, an extension to the play areas, a new whanau/meeting room and administration area.
But because the preschool doesn’t get any Ministry of Education funding for the work, it’s having to raise the $400,000 required to push go itself.
Boss Jane Foster says to date they’ve managed to ferret away about $150,000 and are applying for grants, but they’ll still need to raise up to $70,000.
‘‘It’s absolutely huge, especially with the fundraising last year it’s been really hard … it’s such uncertain times, we need contingency money in case things go pear-shaped again.’’
Foster says the generosity shown to date, though, has been ‘‘amazing’’ — preschool parents raised $20,000 from three quiz nights last year and 2020’s Matariki celebration was a huge success.
Another one of those is planned for this July.
But to help them edge closer to their target a ‘Pre-Winter Party’ is being held at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall tonight for the community to dust off their glad-rags and ‘‘party like it’s 1999’’.
Local band Mojo will fire up the dance floor, platters will be provided and beer and wine will be available at the cash bar, with eftpos also available.
Proceeds from raffles and auctions will also go straight back to Arrowtown Preschool.
Tickets cost $70, available from humanitix.com