Help given to those in need

Hairstylist Tammy Edginton volunteered to provide free haircuts on Sunday. Ann Bigwood, from Gore, waited patiently for the event so she could come for a revamp.

AURORA College stadium was converted into a pop-up spa with bonuses last Sunday.

Free haircuts, manicures and massages were on offer to anyone who was looking for a little pampering, while the Manahau Ukurere (Ukulele) Group entertained the crowds with their sing-alongs.

Organiser Melissa Aitken said it was the 13th time the biannual event had been held to give a lift to members of the community who were struggling in some way.

She had been blown away by the generous donations given by businesses and members of the public to the event.

As well as pampering, household items, books, pre-loved clothing and shoes were available for free to whoever wanted them. Every guest also left with a bag of groceries thanks to supporters of the event.

Ms Aitken said numbers were down on the previous event, but she expected the announcement Omicron had reached the community had kept people who would normally come, away.

Vaccine passes had been required to enter the hall area.

The second 2022 event was scheduled for August 7.

The public could expect to see more information about the event closer to the time at places like Work and Income, Jubilee Budgeting Service, Presbyterian Support Services, Salvation Army, Nga Kete and the Southland Express.