Hay Day pays for club and wider community

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Baleage and hay will be the talk of Waikaka at the hockey club’s Hay Day fundraiser.
The club has run the fundraiser for more than 40 years.
Waikaka Hockey Club president Frances Calvert said when it was first introduced it was a fundraiser for the club, but now it benefited the community.
The club put the funds towards a group — this year the Waikaka Scout Group.
‘‘They get a grant and the rest goes to youth in the community,’’ Mrs Calvert said.
Fourteen Scouts and three leaders are attending the National Scout Jamboree at Renwick in Marlborough during Christmas and New Year this year.
Mrs Calvert said supporting the Scouts was worthwhile.
The rest of the money raised would help young people to take opportunities such as Spirit of Adventure trips and national sports tournaments, she said.
Farmers donate a bale of hay or baleage for the competition, which is then judged on the day.
The Alliance Group had given two boxes of chops — one as a prize and the other to be eaten for afternoon tea.
Mrs Calvert said Alliance had made the competition easy for the hockey club.
‘‘Right from the very first year the Alliance have been absolutely fabulous.’’
A children’s colouring-in competition will be run. – The Waikaka Hockey Club’s annual Hay Day will be held on Friday, July 1 at the Waikaka Sports Complex with an auction at 3.30pm.