'It's the heart and soul of who we are' - Te Puke school's fantastic fundraiser taking the strain off parents




A Bay of Plenty school's annual fundraiser is proving so successful it is taking the burden off families who may be struggling. 

The Bay of Plenty school has been drawing the town's biggest crowds for the past 19 years.
Source: Seven Sharp

Fairhaven School's annual fireworks gala is undoubtedly the biggest show in town.

Not only is it a good time, it also contributes to a very good cause - the approximately $30,000 raised covers all fees for the Te Puke school's students.

"It was a no brainer, a no brainer to make it no school fees," principal Paul Hunt said.

"People struggle, we need to look after our families."

Everyone in the school community pitches in, with the hangi proving particularly popular.

Mr Hunt says the event provides more than funds.

"It knits our whole school and community together." 

Those sentiments were shared by a parent.

"It's the heart and soul of who we are."

Tracey Wallace-Hutchins responded to Fairhaven School’s hungry kids problem with sensible simplicity.
Source: Seven Sharp

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