A group of Timaru teenagers will be working hard this year to raise money for a trip to Bangladesh.
Seven or eight teens, aged 15 to 19, from Gleniti Baptist Church want to do volunteer work with the poor – an idea that has been on the cards for a couple of years.
Fundraising co-ordinator Dale Davey said the group needed to raise between $30,000 and $35,000 to get them to Bangladesh and back.
So far, they had raised $2000 from a garage sale earlier this year and $420 from selling glow-in-the-dark items at Easter camp in Christchurch.
The group would hold an Art Bonanza from Monday to Wednesday at the church, featuring 115 paintings and sculptures for sale and for auction.
"We're supported by Bronwyn Shimmin and Mike Armstrong who have contributed some items towards it. We also have work from a wide variety of local artists, from Geraldine, Fairlie, Waimate, Timaru, Temuka and Pleasant Point."
Mrs Davey said the group had already raised $300 in entry fees from the artists and would also receive a small commission from sales.
The group planned to travel to Bangladesh in January but were not yet sure how long they would stay or where in Bangladesh they would visit.
"It's been on their radar for a couple of years, but they had exams and other commitments [that got in the way]."
More fundraisers would be held this year, including a similar event to the Art Bonanza – but with crafts – in December.
When: Monday and Tuesday 9.30am to 3.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 12pm
Where: Gleniti Baptist Church, 58 Gleniti Rd
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