03 Mar 2016

Thursday 03 March 2016

The annual Otahuhu Family Fun Day took place on Saturday, 27 February at the Toia Recreation Precinct, and proved to be a perfect opportunity for King’s students to get involved in the local community.

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Forty-six senior students, dressed in their King's College t-shirts, pitched in to make the day a glowing success by putting on a free sausage sizzle, face painting and giving away around 2,500 cupcakes made by themselves and their parents. This was a spectacular achievement, with Senior Sacristans Max Lichtenstein, Claudia Williams and Rose Tapper leading the charge, making the King's stall one of the most popular of the day.

The students that arrived before 9.00am got stuck right in helping to set up multiple other stalls, as well as their own. The Burtones arrived soon after to get organised on the main stage, ready to kick off the day’s programme at 9.30am. Last year’s lead vocalist, Sapati Apa-Fepulea'i (Taylor, 2014-15) rejoined the group, providing a fantastic start to the day.

By 10.30am, the park was crawling with people out in the sunshine with their families and the three King’s College marquees were swamped by children and adults alike. The girls on face painting were doing an incredible job with the children’s requests and even our own Reverend Gareth Walters had his face painted. The cupcake stand, however, was the star of the show, decorating thousands of cupcakes with icing, sprinkles and lollies, all totally free to any who asked. They lasted all day, at which point crates were taken around to all the other stalls for the other volunteers to have an afternoon treat.

As the 2.00pm wrap-up arrived, the students tidied everything back into the van, put away the equipment for the other stalls. picked up some black rubbish sacks and set off around the park collecting refuse from various stalls and litter on the ground. The event concluded around 2.30pm.

The Otahuhu Family Fun Day is a rare and perfect opportunity for King’s students to really get involved in the Otahuhu community. The chance for senior students to feel like a true part of the community in Otahuhu is truly priceless, and hopefully, it will continue for many years to come.

A special thanks to all who made cupcakes and to Reverend Gareth Walters, Mrs Rosemary Carrington, Mr Onosai Auva’a and Reverend Warner Wilder for all their hard work to make the day a success.

The Otahuhu Family Fun Day Organising committee is also very grateful to King's."Thank you! Thank your students please! Today was an amazing day ­and we all agree that Kings College involvement in the Family Fun Day has been the best thing yet. From your Jazz Band (absolutely fantastic and people talked about it all day) to your students who happily manned stalls, carted and carried and worked all day with smiles on their faces. ­Amazing! What wonderful young New Zealanders! On behalf of the Otahuhu Family Fun Day Organizing Committee, thank you all!"

Click here to watch the Otahuhu Family Fun Day video.