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Are you ready? … We are!

Tomorrow is the day for all the fun of the fair at the Wilson Home Antiques Road Show and Family Fun Day. All the preparation has been done to make this a fabulous day for all the family and a success for The Wilson Home Trust for Children with Disabilities.

Hear is a reminder of what is on offer:

  • Antiques valuation by three expert valuers – up to 2 items values for a donation of $10
  • Entry into the gate prize draw at 3.30pm for a 7 night holiday at Queensland’s Gold Coast for two people for every adult fair entry ticket purchased – click here to see conditions
  • Free entry for kids
  • Fun activities for children including big slide, bouncy castle, merry-go-round, ferris wheel, pre-school play pen, plate smashing. hair braiding, face painting, farm animals, arts & crafts, uni-cycles, pogo sticks, coconut shies, and more
  • Pies, coffee, cakes, Devonshire Teas, drinks, ice creams, shaved ice, candy floss, sausage sizzle, hamburgers
  • The Breeze 93.4 FM radio station
  • Harvey World Travel, Milford travel advice
  • Old Fire Engine

All money raised will be donated to The Wilson Home Trust and selected Rotary community projects.

We look forward to you being our guests.

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Retired Fire Engine on Show for Kids

Kids will be able to climb aboard a retired 1972 Fire Truck at the Wilson Home Family Fun Day and Antiques Road Show this weekend at The Wilson Home Gardens in Lake Rad Takapuna, next to Takapuna Grammar School.

The gate will open at 11.ooam to allow the 8,000 participants in the Shore to Shore Fun Run to pass the gate on their way to Milford.

Not only will kids be able to climb aboard, they will also be able to have their photographs taken while acting out their fantasies of bravery as they sit in the cab or stand on the rear platform.

The fire truck is owned by Takapuna North Rotarian Bill Grieve who has plans for restoring it to its former glory.

The day offers a fun day out for all the family.  While parents  and other adults get their family antique treasures assessed by experts, kids will be able to ride the merry-go-round, shoot down the Big Slide, leap in the Bouncy Castle, visit the animal farm, get their faces painted, decorate a wall plaque, and much more.

All funds raised will be donated to The Wilson Home Trust for Children with Disabilities and selected Rotary community projects.

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Funds raised to be targeted for Specialist Equipment and Activities for Children with Disabilities

According to Russell Ness, Director of the Wilson Centre for Children with Disabilities, there is a need for in excess of $100,000 to fund the planned programme of special equipment purchases and activities in the next 12 months.

Funds raised from the Antiques Road Show and Family Fun Day on Sunday 28 March, which is being jointly organised to the Rotary Clubs of Takapuna North and Milford for The Wilson Home Trust, will help to close this gap.

Some of the projects in the planned programme include:

  • Purchase of multi-sensory play items for playground use by children with a wide range of impaired faculties, such as blindness, mobility problems, or mental disabilities;
  • A sensory trail through The Wilson Centre’s grounds to enhance the enjoyment of all children in the care of the Centre;
  • An increase range of creative programmes in art, music, drama that involve as wide a range as possible of children with disabilities;
  • Increased numbers of workshops for parents and carers on the best methods of helping children in their care, as well as coping strategies and practices for families with disabled children;
  • Improving the already successful Wellness Expo  held each year at the North Shore Event Centre to raise awareness of disability issues with children, and facilitate improved information and resource knowledge on disability issues in the community.

A key fund raiser on the day will be the Antiques Road Show.  Visitors are asked to bring no more than two family treasure items to be assessed by an expert panel of antiques experts for a donation of $10.  A closed circuit video will show the experts at work while people wait to have their items assessed and will be able to listen in on comments made by the experts by way of an audio feed.

At other fund-raising activities kids will be able to zoom down the Big Slide, jump in the Bouncy Castle and ride the merry-go-round or ferris wheel.  There will be plate smashing and coconut shies stalls for those wanting to demonstrate their accurate ball throwing skills, as well as a Ride-on  Challenge area where balancing skills can be tested on uni-cycles and pogo sticks. There will also be an old fire engine for kids to clamber over and have their photographs taken.

A feature for this year’s event is a Kids’ Arts and Crafts area where tutors from the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna will help children create their own sculptures out of ceramic clay, cardboard, recycled materials, tin cans, plastic bottles and items from nature like driftwood, stones and shells as well as adding 3D effects to paintings and drawings.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Wilson Home Trust for Children with Disabilities and selected Rotary community projects.

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Signs Up

After an afternoon of construction the signs for The WilsonHome Family Fun Day and Antiques Road Show have now been erected around the North Shore community.

The organisers wish to thank McMurdo Emergency Locator Beacons for the artwork and Advanced Computers Limited for printing the signs.  Assembly took place at Milford Rotarian Chris Stiebel’s warehouse in Glenfield.  The signs were erected at:

  • the reservoir corner of East Coast and Kowhai Roads, Mairangi Bay,
  • corner Lake Road and Tennyson Avenue, Takapuna, and the
  • St Leonards Road corner outside The Wilson Home

by Milford Rotarians Chris Stiebel, Eric Gibson and Chris Gregory, assisted by Roger, a visitor from Taranaki.

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Rotary Bake-off will add Sweetness to Fete Success

What better to have with the coffee you buy for lunch or afternoon tea than a freshly baked cake?

Rotarians from the Takapuna North and Milford clubs and their wives, families, partners … are being organied by Milford’s President Elect Henry Harbuz to produce two boxes of cakes for the Wilson Home Family Fun Day and Antiques Roadshow on 28 March.  One box is for a large cake and the other one for cupcakes, muffins, slices etc.  All cakes are to be sold at the fete.

So, no matter what your taste in cakes is, there is sure to be something for you to take home for the family or to eat with your coffee when its time for a break.

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Kids Day Out at 2010 Wilson Home Fete

A fun day for kids is part of this year’s Wilson Home Family Fun Day and Antiques Road Show.

While Mum and Dad are getting an update on the value of the family treasures, kids will be able to zoom down the Big Slide, jump in the Bouncy Castle and ride the merry-go-round or ferris wheel.  There will be plate smashing and coconut shies stalls for those wanting to demonstrate their accurate ball throwing skills, as well as a Ride-on  Challenge area where balancing skills can be tested on uni-cycles and pogo sticks.

A feature for this year’s event is a Kids’ Arts and Crafts area where tutors from the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna will help children create their own sculptures out of ceramic clay, cardboard, recycled materials, tin cans, plastic bottles and items from nature like driftwood, stones and shells as well as adding 3D effects to paintings and drawings.

All proceeds from the fete go to The Wilson Home Trust for Children with Disabilities and Rotary Community projects.

Other attractions for kids will include an animal farm, face painting, hair braiding, mini golf and a play pen for small children run by the North Shore City Community Trust.



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Have your family treasures valued by experts

An Antiques Roadshow will be the feature event at this year’s Wilson Home Family Fun Day to be held on Sunday 28 March.  We have been fortunate to recruit a panel of expert antiques valuers who have volunteered their time to assess antiques and family treasures that are brought to the event.

The fair and road show which is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Takapuna North and Milford will be held in the grounds of the Wilson Home on the corner of Lake Road and St Leonards Road, Takapuna, commencing at 11.oo am.

A limit of two items per visitor has been set so that everyone gets a fair chance to spend some time with the valuers’ panel.  A charge of $10.00 per visitor wishing to have their antiques assessed will contribute to the overall funds raised for the Wilson Home Trust for Children with Disabilities and Rotary community projects.

This year’s valuers’ panel will be Donald Melville (Donald Melville Antiques), James Parkinson (Art & Object), and Paul Nilsson (Gem Labs).

While you wait for your treasures to be assessed you will be able to watch the panel at work on a closed circuit television relay and listen to their comments through the sound system.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity.  Bring your family and your antiques and enjoy all the fun of the fair.

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