Hall fundraiser starts on Friday

A St Patrick's Night fundraiser is set to not only be a lot of fun but also the start of project to build a school hall.

St Paul's School in Richmond hopes to raise $200,000 for a multifunctional building that can be used for assemblies, indoor sports and other activities.

Friends of St Paul's School will hold a St Patrick's Night celebration with an Irish dinner and entertainment as their first major fundraiser for the project.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Hope hall on Main Rd Hope next Friday.

The school's pupils have been helping out by making decorations for the night, such as shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold.

Steph Mills, who is on the parent fundraising committee, said the school had grown to 220 pupils. They did not have anywhere to hold indoor sports, such as gym, and assemblies were held in a small classroom which they'd outgrown.

The school would not get funds from the Ministry of Education for the new building, so they would need to raise the $200,000 themselves.

She expected it could take two or three years but said it was a case of "the sooner the better" for building the hall.

So far 140 tickets have been sold to the St Patrick's event, which will include Irish band The Flying Feet and traditional food and Guinness.

The $25 a head tickets are available from the school on Salisbury Rd, the Queen St Pharmacy and Office Products in McGlashen Ave.

The Nelson Mail