Busy time hits charity fun day

00:00, Dec 16 2013

The musicians, the food sellers, the Makos and ponies came but the crowds did not. A community fun day was held yesterday at Auckland Point School to raise funds for disaster relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

However, Craig Barton who organised the event with three others from Helping Hands Nelson, said they were disappointed at the turnout.

They had entertainers Paul Ubana Jones, Trudi Wilson, Paul Madsen and Paper City perform from a sound truck stage, Tasman Makos players came along to show their support, while children were able to go on pony rides and ride with a team of huskies.

Mr Barton said people came in dribs and drabs throughout the day and he estimated there was a total of between 300 and 400.

He was unsure why the turnout was low. "I guess it was because of the time of year, it's an insane time of year. But it was a nice day for those who did come and there is going to be some money sent to the Philippines."

The net proceeds would not be tallied until the end of the week and would be split between World Vision and the Red Cross.