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Play fun... Jellybeans playgroup leaders Sandra Bourke (left) and Amy Alksne and some of the children who attend the group gather at the Edendale Presbyterian Church. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Jellybeans playgroup is incorporating four separate fundraising ideas into one large event.

This year the playgroup is revamping its annual fundraiser and there is scope for the community to benefit.

The public can give second-hand goods as in the past; host a garage sale at the owner’s property at the same time as the group holds one; a car boot sale, or book a sales table at the Edendale Church hall where the group is hosting its event.

The car boot sale will depend on weather conditions.

Jellybeans playgroup leader Sandra Bourke said the three strands of the fundraiser all start at the same time.

“We want to give the community the chance to make some funds for themselves,” Mrs Bourke said.

“We will still have the famous baking table,”she said.

There was just one restriction: organisers are asking other stallholders not to sell baking.

The event will be based at the church on November 10, starting at 10am.

Registrations for sales tables or to host a garage sale will be taken until November 5.

Maps will be given out for a gold coin donation to garage sale sites at the church.

Organisers urged people to book a sales table as they were keen to set up the night before the event.

“The church will sell nacho meals.”

There will also be Mad Cow coffee.

The funds raised will go towards running costs.

In the past, funds had been used to buy three-wheeler bikes. tables and chairs.

The Southland District Council also provided a grant towards the buying of the tables and chairs last year.

About 15 children attended Jellybean sessions which ran on Thursdays from 10am to noon. Not only did children enjoy the sessions but it also gave parents time for adult interaction.

Co-leader Amy Alksne said the free playgroup included morning tea and children took park in activities such as art and music.

“We do a lot of free play,” Mrs Alksne said.