“Mummy this is the best party I’ve ever been to!” This quote from a six year old girl summed up the day.
We are so happy for the positive response around White Ribbon Day last weekend. Firstly, the enthusiastic response outside Countdown on Saturday morning with many people signing the White Ribbon Pledge and asking questions. On Sunday morning the heavens opened and it poured with rain all morning. Thankfully at 11.45 the rain cleared and stayed away for the whole of the Whanau and Community Together afternoon.
Over 150 people soaked up the atmosphere at Surfdale Reserve enjoying the live music, free sausage sizzle, free ice cream and circus entertainment. The day started with a trumpet fanfare by Edwina Thorne and a continual line up of musicians kept the crowd both inside and out entertained thanks to Living Waters high tech sound system. A highlight was Waiheke Circus. Darren Shevlin’s boundless energy seen at so many local events is a never ending source of joy for our children.
MC Doris was in the middle of announcing an act and her eyes widened… oh no what is that noise? Is something wrong with the sound system? No, it was an appearance by the White Ribbon Riders. We had thought they had been put off by the rain in the morning but a few hardy motorcyclists persevered which was a thrill for the crowd.
The kitchen team were run off their feet selling treats, cakes and toasted sandwiches. Kids both big and little embraced the face painting, fingernail polish, badge making and lolly scramble. Things wrapped up at 3pm when all gathered outside together where Edwina played the Last Post in a poignant moment for the women who have passed away due to domestic violence.
We are one step closer to our vision for a violence-free motu. Thanks everybody for all your support.
Special thank you’s include Waiheke Rotary, Waiheke Local Board, MC Doris, Sister Shout, Melodownz, Hannan Munroe,Countdown (for letting us set up outside on the Saturday), Gabriel Bond Music, Jack Rippingale, Edwina Thorne (she was amazing!), the team in the kitchen, Sharnell and Dania, Iain Codling, Mike Suttie, Tina Sailer, Wendy Ford, Ardie Aoina and Maggie Wikaira who were the badge makers, Face painter, Adi, Fingernail polish team, Laurelle, Blowing up balloons girls, Sindera and Nelly, Waiheke White Ribbon Motorcycle Riders, Mike and mates, Waiheke Circus, The sound team, Poss, Native Jazz Band, George Kahi, Living Waters Band, Wiremu & Doris.
Thank you everybody and we look forward to next year.