Family day out has good deeds at heart

Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014

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Crowds at the Petone Fair could eat, drink and feel merry about making the world a better place.

The annual Rotary fair, now in its 23rd year, raises nearly $35,000 every year for charitable causes.

The ever-popular event closed 11 blocks of Jackson St and filled it with stalls, food and drink outlets and rides. An estimated 33,000 people came through on Saturday, organiser Pam Hanna said.

"A lot of families come - we had a quite a few who lost contact with members of their families. It's a totally mixed age group really."

Stores sold everything from clothing, crafts and toys to custom-made pet accessories. "It's just amazing what people come with."

Circus comedy duo Hoop Hooligans were among the most popular performers at the event, Mrs Hanna said. "They drew quite large crowds."

Previous fair proceeds have gone to support Upper Hutt's Te Omanga Hospice and Britannia House, a home for the elderly in Petone.

Last year's money also sent an ambulance over to the Solomon Islands.

The event was always a busy day for the volunteer organiser, but Mrs Hanna said she always kept the end result in mind. "It's a lot of work, but it's worth it."

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- The Dominion Post

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