It's kinda cold raising cash for kindy

04:07, Jun 23 2014
 Jeremy Kelly-Perez
COLD ENOUGH: Jeremy Kelly-Perez, 7, joins other midwinter swimmers in the chilly waters at Karehana Bay, Plimmerton, dressed as a snorkelling reindeer.

Midwinter swimmers taking a bracing dip at Plimmerton's Karehana Bay have helped to raise $10,000 towards construction of a new outdoor area for the beachside township's kindergarten.

Co-organiser Megan Krishnan said $40,000 had been raised for the kindy's outdoor area over the past four years, and yesterday's invigorating fundraiser had put the icing on the cake.

All up, the work was expected to cost the kindy up to $48,000, she said.

"We are expecting work to get under way in July. There's excavation work to be done, new astro-turfing to be laid, new climbing equipment, swings and fences, and some exciting retaining work to be done."

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the 130 hardy midwinter bathers.

The swimmers were dressed in fancy dress gear, conventional togs and wetsuits as they braved the cool, southerly breeze.

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The $10,000 raised yesterday came mainly from pre-arranged raffle buyers and donors.

About 350 people also ventured down to the seaside to watch the young and the brave water rats dunk, duck and dip.

One group of young people appeared totally immune to the chilly waters.

After 30 minutes an announcement went out on the public address system asking them to leave the water - as their parents wanted to go home.

The Dominion Post