I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Help our school children while having fun
Yokine Primary School is holding their third fete this coming Sunday from 10am to 3pm and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The organiser, Yokine Primary School P&C, has used the experience from the past two fetes to plan and prepare for better games to play, better products on sale, better entertainment, and better prizes for the raffles lucky winners. If you wish to be one of the lucky winners, of course you need to head down there this Sunday and buy one (or more) of the raffle tickets.
But even if you don't aim to win any of the hampers (rumour has it there are gourmet and spa hampers in the making), you can still visit and browse to your heart's content. Entry is free, there's going to be live music, and as with any school fete, all sorts of things would be on sale, from something common like cakes, books, and plants, to something that sounds more exciting like a mystery jar. Thankfully it's also reported that there's going to be hot food and real coffee for purchase, quite necessary to clear our head after looking at the bewildering array of items on display in the 30 plus stalls that are already spoken for thus far. For the kids, there will be lots of fun to choose from, like rides, face painting, dunk tank, and other games.
For a unique fund raising contribution you can make that would cost you absolutely zero dollar (plus ten minutes of your time), visit the Lynford Ford Dealer stall during the fete. Lynford will be there with a range of vehicles available for test drive and they will donate $40,- for every test drive taken by a member of the public (must have a valid license and limited to one test drive per driver).
The purpose of the school fete is obviously to raise fund for the school (the P&C wants laptops for the classrooms). However it doesn't mean that any dollar you spend would be at a loss to you. I always find the economy to be a bit illogical in cases like this. P&C source their merchandise from donations, mostly from parents. As there is no risk of making a loss, the seller could price their items at quite a low price, especially if they wish to move their stocks quickly. For example I once bought quite a few pots of plants from a school fete as they were simply too cheap to be true, cheaper than ones in nurseries or plant sales elsewhere. And sometimes some parents either feel extra generous or can't be bothered to check the price of the item they're donating. I once witnessed a lucky bloke who bought a mystery bottle at a fete for $5,- that turns out to be quite a good bottle of wine. I can tell you there was a rush to that stall when the news spread and they ran out of mystery bottles soon after.
So if you go with a good community spirit of wanting to help, and at the same time keep your eyes peeled on any good bargain, it would be a classic win-win situation to all parties involved.