Ball and treasure hunt part of lifestyle

WELL DRESSED: Pauline Mee and Andrew Denton.
WELL DRESSED: Pauline Mee and Andrew Denton.

The success of a community treasure hunt and a masquerade ball to launch a new community fund for the South Kaipara region means these are likely to become annual events.

More than 400 people attended the treasure hunt in the Helensville town centre on Saturday.

Participants had to complete activities at 20 stations manned by many community organisations, have their task stamped in their "passport" and submit it for prizes.

"It was absolutely amazing," one of the organisers Matt Hampton says. "The Lions Club of Helensville sold more than 340 sausages at $2 each. It all just proves what community organisations can do when they collaborate."

At least 50 people also attended the evening ball in the Helensville War Memorial Hall to launch the South Kaipara Community Fund. It aims to raise money from donations and legacies to invest and provide grants from the income to the community, managed under the Auckland Communities Foundation.

The ball raised about $1300 for the community fund after costs.

A $712 cheque was presented for the fund to foundation chairman Mark Bentley by Mr Hampton from Get Talking NZ, a new telecommunications company of which he is a director.

It aims to contribute up to 60 per cent of profits from monthly accounts back into subscribers' commu- nities through the New Zealand Communities Foundation.

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