Field days dishes out funds

PETRICE TARRANT
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Dargaville Rugby and Sports club
PETRICE TARRANT

THUMBS UP: Dargaville Rugby and Sports club volunteers, (L-R): Darrel Bradley, Nathaniel Howman and Simon Lloyd, are some of many volunteers at the Northland Field Days making a buck for their club.

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The pockets of not-for-profit clubs and groups are somewhat heavier thanks to Northland Field Days.

The nationally recognised event is the biggest fundraiser for many volunteer clubs in Kaipara.

Thousands of dollars are paid out each year keeping many of the groups afloat.

Northland Field Days committee member Sue Kernot says the total amount differs each year but the Northland Field Days directly invests about $30,000 into the community via volunteer groups.

Many of these groups also use the field days to raise additional funds and this is estimated to be about another $30,000, she says.

"On top of this the value to community organisations in being able to promote themselves and what they do is priceless."

This year more than 25 organisations were involved, she says.

The Northland Field Days committee is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers with office support so Ms Kernot says members know what it is like trying to find opportunities to raise funds.

The committee is looking to bring in new volunteer opportunities next year including reopening the creche service.

She says there is always a chance for not-for-profit groups to help out exhibitors too.

The Dargaville Volunteer Fire Brigade was doing just this at the field days, cooking steaks out of the ANZ tent.

Dargaville Rotary has been running the gate and parking for as long as anyone can remember.

Fellowship and welfare leader Bernard Gough says that each year the club raises about $18,000 from the field days.

He says other standard fundraisers could make between $500 and $2000 but nothing of the field days' magnitude.

‘This year the club had many outside volunteers lend a hand due to the club's decreasing roll.

"When I joined in 1987 there was around 45 to 50 members, now we are down to about 15."

Parking numbers were booming, but Thursday's were slightly down.

Northland Field Days president Lew Duggan says it is a mutual relationship.

"The field days wouldn't run without the work of the volunteers," he says.

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