Update December 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/12/2013

It’s a busy time and taking five every once in a while’s not a bad idea, if you can. We had a bit of fun with the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi last Saturday. Just the one shower for the day, and it coincided with the parade perfectly. No-one seemed to mind, with smiles all around, both on floats and through the crowd gathered to watch. With the longer afternoons it’s great to see people out enjoying the outdoors. Parks have been busy and ice creams just went up the priority list. Twelve more sleeps and we’ll be looking for signs of Santa.

A big thank you has to go to everyone who went to the effort to put a float together for the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi. What a neat day last Saturday. Sure it showered through it but nothing was going to stop the convoy of Christmas floats through town. Santa was impressed too, and is already talking about coming back when things quieten down. Good thinking Santa! Thanks too to HDC staff and Waihi Lions for the street closure and manning the barriers. Safety first and they were there to keep an eye that everyone stayed safe too. Thanks to Sarah Spicer and Susy Macdonald for the entertainment. Thanks to those who donated trucks, drivers, time, ideas, energy, parts for floats and smiles too. And thanks to you if you took the opportunity to come and enjoy the festivities.

The judges were out on Saturday and chose the Salvation Army float as the best. Most Christmassy was won by St Joseph’s School and Beach Road Garden Centre won Most Original. Voice For Life took the Craziest category, while Foot Steps won Just For the Hell Of It and Why Not Give Another One Away went to Footprints. Stephanie Rattray won Best Dressed Adult while four and a half year old Riley Warren was judged Best Dressed Child, winning $50 thanks to Second Cup Café.

An invitation is yours to head to Waihi Memorial Hall at 11.30 am for Christmas lunch, and it’s free. On your own, new to town, visiting the area, everyone’s welcome. And if you need a ride to get there call 863 8316 and they’ll sort that too. Maybe you’d like to volunteer and give a hand. Call the same number and offer your help, I’m sure they’d appreciate some extra hands.

At our last Go Waihi Business After Five meeting we heard from Sergeant Aaron Fraser about reducing opportunities for crime to occur in your workplace. I’ve got some booklets that are great reading to help reacquaint you with some obvious things you can do, along with some other tips you may not have thought about. It covers credit card and cheque fraud, refund fraud, trespass, aggressive and abusive customers, employee theft, as well as cash management hints and ways to reduce the chances of being burgled. Get in touch if you’d like a copy.

Dale’s collecting toys for St Vincent de Paul and their Christmas Toy Appeal. If you’ve got good condition toys or games that you think would like to see the light of day and a smile from an appreciative child, then call 07 863 6373 and you’ll make someone’s Christmas. Tomorrow’s the cut off so they have time to sort before delivering them. What have you got? Call now.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: The average income of a teenager these days is about 2 am.