|Enthralled children listening to stories|
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Fantasy in Lights spectacular
The event attracts families from around the lower North Island and its uniqueness is that it is held in the middle of winter, every night, for a fortnight of the July school holidays! Children come along in their pajamas under their warm jackets, wearing gumboots, gloves and hats and to see their faces light up makes the hard work involved worthwhile, Rotary Club of Makino members say. The event continues to have great support and partnerships with local businesses, the council and the Central Energy Trust.
This year, Makino Rotary donated $5000 of the proceeds to the local Fielding Police blue light discos, where the Rotarians also provide manpower for their regular discos for the local youth.
The Rotary Club of Makino plans to maintain the project, so are always on the lookout for new ideas, new lighting and more volunteers. The club managed and sourced funding for the initial installation of the underground power supply, including cabling for lighting and sound in the park. 24 permanent floodlights have been added into the park, so it can be used all year round for other activities and events. During the event, the park has directional signs, rope lighting and security volunteers to guide visitors around the winding pathways.