Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Saturday's light party

It's a wet and miserable day here, 
not at all like last Saturday evening 
when I volunteered at the Light Party
 in the city's football stadium.

face painters receiving their instructions
The light party is an event put on by 
the Acts of Kindness charitable trust as an alternative 
to the trick or treating of halloween.
It was nice and warm out on the field under the roof.

on the big screen - a *Kapa Haka group on stage 
A gold coin entry and various stalls around about
 selling eats and drinks, at (mostly) reasonable prices.
Non stop entertainment on stage all evening
and lots of bouncy castles, races, games and such like
 for those who are young or young at heart.

Chloe and her mate
Youngest grand daughter Chloe and her friend 
were volunteers as well, on the face painting booth.

the crowd coming in - gate is at the centre right
Their younger brothers and sisters were 
somewhere in the crowd. During the course 
of the evening we went for two 
Guinness Book of world records. 
The first one popping bubble wrap 
and the  second was for holding your hands in a heart shape.
I haven't heard how we got on but it was a lot of fun,
I was roped in as a marshal for that as well :)

tea or coffee and cake $2-00
My main job was working on a tea and coffee booth
and I must admit I had a ball and will 
be volunteering again next year.
The photo above was taken at the end of 
the evening just before we cleaned up.

*Kapa Haka is part of the cultural identity of 
most, if not all, of our primary schools in New Zealand.
I've put an explanation from Wikipedia below.

*Kapa Haka -
Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka). Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express and showcase their heritage and cultural Polynesian identity through song and dance.
Kapa haka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week.
I have a very busy one coming up 
but today's outing has been cancelled so this morning
took the opportunity to write out some Christmas cards!
I know, I know, but November is a busy, busy, month for me.


  1. I need to work on Christmas cards early this year too! Sounds like you stay busy all the time and find lots of fun events to take part in! Sweet hugs, Diane

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun! Volunteer work can be so much fun and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have a blessed day.

  3. Looks like a perfect Halloween celebration to me Diana. I love how you say bouncy castles. I have heard that same term used on several British shows I have watched on tv. Here we just say inflatables...I like bouncy castle much better!!

  4. Hi Diana, Very nice report on the Light Party. I think it is great to have something like that in place of Halloween. I wondered why it is called a Light Party ... could it be because you have just started DST? Our last day of DST was Saturday and we are back on Standard Time now. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

  5. I can relate to the face painting thing...we had our annual fall festival at my church last Sunday and for 1 1/2 hours solid without stopping I painted faces :) It was fun but my back did not appreciate it!

  6. What a wonderful idea. : ) How nice of you to give your time.

  7. That sounds like a great event and good on you for helping make it happen! Christmas cards! Gosh, thanks for the reminder. I've been so busy making Christmas pressies I totally forgot about the cards. Not so good at multi tasking these days! :) Oh, I live in Northland.

  8. Diana, your day sounds so much fun! I can imagine all that bubble wrap popping was noisy!

  9. That sounds like a great day. Anytime I can have experiences like that with my grandkids it's fun.

  10. Acts of kindness - they never go out of style and always make someones day!


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