Charity drive at Americarna

17:39, Feb 27 2014
Trust chairman Lindsay Thomson full
Trust chairman Lindsay Thomson

A Taranaki charity is gearing up to cash in on Americarna.

Help a Taranaki Child Trust, known as Hatch, is the official charity of the festival and volunteers will be out and about today and tomorrow in the hope of filling their buckets with coins.

Trust chairman Lindsay Thomson said volunteers had already been up at the race course selling copious amounts of sizzling sausages to the hungry drivers.

"It's all a part of the fundraising," he said.

Tonight a team of about 20 will head out to the street cruise in New Plymouth to hit the pavement.

They will do the same thing tomorrow when the main street closes for Americarnival.

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Mr Thomson, who is also the chairman of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union, was hoping people would dig deep for the charity, especially as the event itself was free.

Tomorrow from 11am to 2pm the Clock Tower will be open for tours to the top. The $2 entry fee for adults and $1 entry fee for kids will go to Hatch.

"John Rae and his team have really given us a great opportunity to collaborate with Americarna and do some fundraising," he said.

The Hatch Trust was established in 2004 by a small group of Taranaki business people, anxious to help the less advantaged children in Taranaki who had a tangible dream and desire to progress forward.

The trust funds access to health facilities, amateur sporting and cultural facilities and educational facilities for less advantaged children.

Taranaki Daily News