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Friday, April 25, 2014

Critter Catch and Davey Hughes Fundraiser

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Waitahuna Critter Catch

What a day!  Waitahuna School Community organised a wonderful fundraiser yesterday starting with the Children's Critter Catch and then finishing with 'A Night with Davey Hughes’.

The weather and setting was fantastic as the children gathered under the trees to weigh their bags of critters, some alive, some not.  The bags consisted of magpies, trout, geese, rabbits, hares, possums, wallaby, goats, deer, frogs, eels, yabbies’ and a rooster. (Please note not all of these were dead). The day highlighted the problems that we still have in our community with introduced pests and the problems these can cause to our native birds flora and fauna.

 The grounds buzzed as the children then took part in an obstacle course over tractor tyres and hay bales – the Dad’s made an excellent course, then their target skills were tested with paintball target shooting.  Sausage sizzle for lunch and the mobile coffee cart were appreciated by all.
With over 70 children registered for the Critter Catch the day was very successful for all and finished off with a lolly scramble from above from a helicopter and one lucky critter catcher getting a ride in the helicopter. 
After a very quick clean-up of the grounds by our team of helpers the focused then turned to Simpson Park Hall where we hosted A Night with Davey Hughes.

Over 250 people came to be entertained by Davey’s interesting stories of hunting escapades around the world.  Through this there were many stories of the conservation work Davey is involved with and also an insight for us all into the plight of some of the endangered species around the world.  The hall was an amazing sight itself with over 30 mounted heads displayed around the walls and the tables decorated with antlers and skins, a true credit to the supportive parents at Waitahuna School. The night wound up with a rustic wild food supper which was appreciated by all.

A tremendous thanks goes to the parents in our small school community for the time and effort they have put in to make a first class event.  Big things do come in small packages.  

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