An annual raffle at Whangaparaoa School has changed focus this year, in an effort to support local businesses that may be struggling.
School PFA member Laura Davis says when the travel raffle was not able to go ahead due to Covid-19, it was decided to hold a Give Back raffle instead, with the dual purpose of helping the community and fundraising for the school.
The $5000 budget set aside to purchase travel vouchers was instead spent at local businesses that have supported the school in recent years.
In total, vouchers or products were purchased from 30 businesses, producing prizes for the raffle valued from $50-$850 each.
“We had to think outside the box after our Gala was cancelled too,” Laura says. “We didn’t want to ask anyone for anything for free, as no one is in a position to give at the moment – instead, we wanted to help the business community.”
Students will be selling the raffle tickets, which may also be available at some of the participating local businesses as well as from the school office.
The draw will be at the end of this month.