New shade sails for kindergarten

ARARAT - Carey Street Kindergarten focused its 2013 fundraising efforts on raising funds for shade sails to go over the outdoor climbing area.

"After a very hot start to the year it became evident that shade sails would be required to play outside in hot weather and still be sun safe - after all our trees were very new and offered very little if any shade or relief," kindergarten director Kerri Turner said.

The kindergarten held a successful Maytime fair and several raffles, co-ordinated by Suzanne Blackie.

The response to the next event, a ladies' night co-ordinated by Brooke Moncrieff was overwhelming.

"Not only were we well supported by our local community, great stall holders and giveaways - but Josh Drewniak- a former Araratian, now president of the Bendigo Easy Riders Motorcycle Club, contacted us to see if we would like some shade sales donated," Ms Turner said.

"They gladly donated two shade sails for our outdoor play area. Part of the group's philosophy is to help community groups where ever they can - and if there is a ride in it for the guys - this makes it even more pleasurable for them."

Ms Turner said that a kinder dad Mick Edwards also arranged for the poles and labor of digging the holes for the shade sails to be donated.

"We are extremely appreciative of these wonderful organisations for their generous donations - giving to a very worthwhile cause," Ms Turner said.

"Now our fundraising money can go to further resources for the current and future children of Carey Street Kindergarten."

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