Fun in the sun for young and old
Relaxing after The 6.6 Salt ShakerKAT PICKFORD
Marlborough businesses, individuals and community groups rallied together in Seddon at the weekend to support quake-weary Ward and Seddon residents.
More than 300 people soaked up the sun at the family fun day at Seddon Domain yesterday afternoon, as the children went wild on the free bouncy castles, barbecue, face painting and entertainment.
The family fun day was sponsored by CRT and other Marlborough businesses, who gave their time and services for free, to provide some distraction for Ward and Seddon people who are still feeling aftershocks.
The event was the last in a series of fun activities held in Seddon at the weekend.
On Saturday, a group of Blenheim people set up a "pamper station", providing free blood pressure and cholesterol checks, aromatherapy, reflexology, coffee and wood-fired pizzas.
Yesterday, the children's television show What Now was filmed at Seddon School, prompting much excitement among pupils of Seddon and Ward Schools.
Queues are a rare sight in small rural towns but that was not the case yesterday as children patiently waited in queues for at least 20 minutes to get their faces painted, get a hamburger from the barbecue, or dress up to get their picture taken in the photo booth.
There was even free coffee for adults.
Mark Morgan, of Seddon, said the support from wider Marlborough community since the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in July, and the 6.5 quake last month had been amazing.
"It's great for everyone to be able to get together like this and catch up. Just talking helps a lot," he said.
CRT regional manager for Top of the South George Millar, was pleased with the turnout and said it was great to see smiles on everyone's faces.
"When we dreamed up this idea, it was really for the kids affected by the quakes," he said.
"I think everyone has taken the opportunity to get out and about and have some fun in the sun."
Shelley Avery said the event provided a "feel good factor" for the quake-affected residents.
"It's good to have everyone together sharing their experiences," Mrs Avery said.
"Everyone has suffered some sort of loss from the earthquakes; it's been extremely traumatic for lot of people in lots of ways."
Her friend Mel Ewart had designed T-shirts, bags and screen printed canvas paintings, emblazoned with "The 6.6 Salt Shaker" to help raise funds to repair the damaged play centre.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to The 6.6 Salt Shaker Facebook page.
- The Marlborough Express