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Churton Park to showcase their crafting skills

Margaret Rowan of Gugu’s Gorgeous Gifts is attending her first ever market, and 11-year-old Bella Freitas is returning for her third Kids’ Market with Christmas decorations. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

Ngaio’s Graham Biggs grimaces as Diane Livingston pops a charity balloon they bought at the Life Flight Trust Gala. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The red carpet was rolled out outside the Air Rescue Centre in Rongotai Thursday, October 19 for the inaugural Life Flight Trust Gala. The black-tie dinner and charity auction was presented in an aircraft hangar by long-time Life Flight supporters Hiremaster to showcase the support of several businesses and individuals who gathered to raise funds for the life-saving organisation. Drummers from Narukami Taiko kicked off proceedings as guests arrived, with ambulance staff selling charity balloons to them as they mingled. While guests were expected to get a glimpse of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the event, an emer-

gency callout to Kapiti meant it was absent for most of the evening. MC Mark Sainsbury told the audience that people would not be here today if it wasn’t for Life Flight Trust’s services. “We are all happy to be here to help out.” Life Flight chief executive Ian Pirie praised Hiremaster for putting on an unprecedented celebratory event, along with dedicated sponsor Westpac and staff who did an exceptional job. The sales of balloons and auction items, including a flight in the iconic chopper to deliver the match ball at a Phoenix game, raised more than $70,000. The biggest-selling item was a gold leaf-encrusted painting of Pencarrow Head called Noble Flight by Shelly Bay artist Juliet

Best, which sold for $7000. The night also featured stories from past patients, such as Dan Comeskey, who was rescued by the helicopter team after falling off his roof in Whitby while putting up Christmas lights. Clive Button, the son of Life Flight founder Peter Button, also spoke on stage, along with Hiremaster’s founder Colin Taylor, who was friends with Peter and was a supporter of his vision from day one. There was also an appearance by 15-year-old singer Tiana So’oialao who performed versions of Make You Feel My Love by Adele and At Last by Etta James. Her singing was so good that Mark suggested her famous rugby-playing father Rodney would from now on be known as “Tiana’s dad”.

Churton Parks’ annual Craft Market is back this year with a new venue. Amesbury School will be the new location for the over 20 stall holders and their little treasures that will be up for sale on Friday, November 10, from 5pm to 8pm. “We partnered up with Amesbury School this year because we believe, it’s a more convenient location for the event,” organiser Rowena Chin explains. Previously, the market was held at the Churton Park Community Centre which opened in the same year as the first craft market, five years ago. “Our Kids’ Market will be back by popular demand with Christmas decorations, fridge

magnets, beauty products and much more,” Rowena says. She’s organising the craft market together with Jann Freitas and will sell her handmade beaded jewellery. “There will be stallholders that people will know from previous craft markets but also a couple of new businesses that have started up this year.” Brass band Tawa Learners for musical entertainment, and local schools including Amesbury, Churton Park and Churton Park Little School as well as Churton Park Kindergarten will perform. “There will also be a café, cake stall and sausage sizzle run by the schools. And we have a raffle to support Plunket Johnsonville with the products donated by all the stallholders.”

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