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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Becks residents are raising the bar in an attempt to replace the community’s derelict playground.

Members of the public and the Becks Hall committee have come together in a bid to raise the money through a fundraiser, called A Night to Thrive.

The event, taking place at the Becks Hall on November 23, will feature a three-course meal, guest speaker Judy McAuliffe and auctions throughout the night, which will give people a chance to “buy a bloke” for their specialist skills ranging from fencing, aerial photography and landscaping, to much more.

Becks Hall committee member Tania Irons said the combined services were valued at “thousands of dollars”.

“We’re aiming to sell off eight to 10 useful men to help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal for the night. It’s going to be a heap of fun.”

The committee has already renovated the hall and now wants to turn its attention to the outside area, she said.

Overall, the group plans to raise about $130,000 to complete the project, which will include all new playground equipment and picnic area.

Committee member Karen George said the trees would be the only aspect of the present playground that would remain.

“It will be unrecognisable when it’s done,” Mrs Irons said.

All the present playground equipment has been sold to local families so it can be restored, if necessary, and continue to be used and loved.

For more information email beckshallbookings@gmail.com or visit the Becks White Horse Hotel.