Happy New Year to everybody in the Ahuroa Community
The Ahuroa Community Hall and School Fundraiser is coming up on the weekend of the 24th and 25th February – an organised horse trek through several local privately owned farms. Horsey types ( 😊 ) from all over the north are apparently pretty excited!
This is a great opportunity to raise some funds for special upcoming projects for the hall and school. The bonus is that we don’t need a huge amount of people power to make it happen (yay), but we DO need food donations (and a little help in the kitchen) to make it work, as we will be feeding approximately 40-50 people x 4 meals.
The more food we are able to get donated, the less it will cost to run, so I’m hoping that a whole lot of our Ahuroa community will get behind this and donate generously.
We are looking at a range of food to help put on a continental breakfast, filled rolls and baking for lunch, and a spit roast and buffet style dinner – a comprehensive list is below.
A donation could be as simple as a New World Gift Card, putting a couple of cans of food in your letterbox, donating some excess cucumbers from your garden, or as complicated as making a yummy chocolate brownie – so not too much effort required at all, and every bit will be appreciated.
Here’s the list of items we would love to have donated:
(You can send these items to school or put in your mailbox for collection asap)
|FRESH / COLD FOOD
(These items could be dropped off to me or collected on Thursday 22nd or Friday 23rd February)
|PRE-MADE FOOD FOR DINNER
(This would be awesome if you could cook any of these!)
|Mayonnaise x 3
||Bread Rolls x 160
|Mint sauce / jelly x 2
||Loaves of white bread x 3
||Carrot Cake / Banana Cake
|Tomato Sauce x 3-4 bottles/cans
|Salt grinder x 2
Pepper grinder x 2
|Rice (better still, could you do a rice salad for the night?!)
|Pineapple cans x 4
||Pasta (better still, would you be able to do a pasta salad?!)
|Beetroot cans x 10
||Potatos (any chance of a potato salad for the night?!)
|Canned fruit x 10
||Onions (Precooked would be great!)
|Serviettes x 4 packets
||Shaved Ham x 2 kg
|Plastic Knives, Forks and Spoons (50 – 100 of each)
||Roast Chickens x 4
|Paper or plastic plates x 200
||Butter x 1 block
|Paper or plastic bowls x 100
||Yogurt x 5 tubs Fresh n Fruity
||Milk x 6 2litre bottles
|Weetbix x 1 big packet
||Watermelon x 8
|Muesli x 8 packets
||Apples x 50
||Cream x 2 2 Litre bottles
|Tea x 2 boxes
||Cucumbers, Lettuces, Tomatoes etc
|Mocconna Coffee x 3 jars
||Cheese x 2 kg
|Milo x 1 big tin
||$$$ – Some $20 or $40 New World or Pak n Save vouchers would be awesome!
|Softdrinks x 40 cans
|Water bottles x 50 bottles
Thanks so much for supporting your local community!
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Our 2017 fundraising efforts were successful, the bike prep, fundraising, and 1600+km ride all went very well. It was a lot of fun. I seriously enjoyed what Jon and I achieved, so much so that we decided we’d do something similar in 2018.
In August 2017, there was the NI1600 (North Island 1600), which I had wanted to do, but it clashed with a trip to Rarotonga; the weather ended up being horrid too, so I wasn’t honestly bothered that I had to miss it. The next major event on the NZ Long Distance calendar is the TT2000, a 2000km in 48 hours event. It’s across both islands with start and finish options in both Ashhurst (North Island, near Palmerston North), and Christchurch (South Island). This is somewhat different from many other events in that it’s a rally, with points to collect from pre-specified checkpoints. All other aspects of route planning are placed upon us, we have two whole days to complete the 2000kms required to be considered a finisher.
There are no prizes etc; it’s all for bragging rights. It’s held over the weekend, starting on Friday 23rd February.
As with all best made plans, work can get in the way. Unfortunately Jon has an existing work commitment on that day, so if I were to do this and not be alone, I needed to find another willing person to ride with.
Thankfully, Nigel Reardon expressed a degree of interest in last year’s ride, so I’ve asked him and he’s willing (if not entirely keen).
In planning this, we’ve considered several ride options and routes – we’re keen to attempt to combine the TT2000, with a couple of potential Iron Butt Association based riding certificates; another Saddle Sore (1600km), and perhaps a Bun Burner (the next level up from a SS – 1500 miles in 36 hrs ~2,414km).
So while the TT allows 48 hours to complete 2000km, we would be aiming to insert a longer ride, in a shorter time within the TT2000.
Our primary aim would be to finish the TT2000, with a secondary aim to complete a SS1600K within it, and possibly the BB1500. As with all LD ride planning the sensible thing to do is to plan it well, with properly established exit options and evaluation points etc; So, that’s what we’re currently doing.
Along side of this, one of the best motivational elements of last years ride was the $2000+ which we were able to help to fundraise for Aran Animal Rescue, which we hope to be able to repeat this next year. We set of goal of $1 per km across our 1600km last year, and we’re continuing with $1 per km this year, but across the planned 2,414km. Our goal is therefore set at $2,414 for Aran this year.
We were lucky enough last year to have a good number of followers watching our progress along the route using rider tracking and the Raah.co website – which we’ll be doing again this year. Our sponsorship page (paid directly through to Aran) is here: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/bun-burner-for-aran-animal-rescue – At the time of writing this I’ve yet to get my first sponsor, so if you’re feeling supportive, please feel free to jump in there and become my #1 donor for 2018! 🙂
I’ll use my website: http://www.wiltshire.net for updates on our riding efforts this year, you can subscribe to my wordpress blog (if you have a wordpress.com account), or keep an eye out on facebook, they will be cross-posted through my FB profile too.
Thanks for reading and taking an interest, send me a comment or questions. 🙂
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GIBBS FARM VISIT FUNDRAISER FOR HESTIA RODNEY WOMEN’S REFUGE
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 4275154
Bookings through I-Ticket: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/nov/gibbs-farm-open-day
Gibbs Farm is an internationally renowned open-air sculpture park located on the Kaipara Harbour.
It contains the largest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in New Zealand.
Funds raised from this event will go to services to support families to live violence free lives.
When: Friday 24 November 2017Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
- $60 Adults
- $40 5-18years
- Free under 5 years
Venue: Gibbs Farm, 2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, Makarau – Entry via Barr Road
Bring a picnic lunch.
Event proceeds regardless of weather. No refunds
See Gibbs Farm website www.gibbsfarm.org.nz for further terms of access.
Afternoon Tea at Highfield Farm: A charity event to raise funds to improve the health of women and babies worldwide.
Ahuroa resident Sheila Elwell and her daughter Jo are raising funds as part of a 354-km cycling challenge through Madagascar that they will be taking part in during September 2017. They will be holding Afternoon Tea events on the 12th and 19th of March at Sheila’s farm, as part of their fundraising.
You are invited to a 5-course High Tea, for a donation of $30 per person, which must be pre-book as a table of four or six. The Tea will include a selection of savories, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a selection of cakes and sweets. A vegetarian option will be available if requested when booking.
Funds raised will go towards a research trust for obstetric and gynaecological research, to help improve the health of women and babies worldwide. The research is aimed at improving the outcome in situations like infertility / IVF, Genetic diseases, Reccurent miscarraiges, diseases of pregnant women and Preterm births.
The annual ‘Ahuroa Feed – Fun Show Jumping’ day is being held on Sunday, 26th February at the lovely Matakana Equestrian Park (at the Matakana Country Park). This is a fundraiser for the Ahuroa Hall, so ALL proceeds will be going to support your hall.
We are looking for some volunteers to help on the day. No special skills required! And you don’t have to be “horsey”.
We are also looking for donations of home kill sausages that can be bbq’d and sold on the day to those in attendance. Again, all proceeds from this goes to the Ahuroa Hall.
If you can help, even if just for a few hours, please contact either Karyn/Sue at 09 422 4947 to find out more.
Susan Meszaros <email@example.com>
903 West Coast Road
Ahuroa, Rodney, Auckland
09 422 4947