32 days ago

Does your community group need to fundraise? | Pay-it-Forward Market

Candy Elsmore from Te Manawa Community Hub (Westgate)

Pay -it-Forward Market, 17th October 2020, 9am – 12.30pm, @ Te Manawa Community Hub, Kohuhu Lane, Westgate

Te Manawa is inviting local community organisations/clubs/teams and groups to be a part this fundraising initiative. We understand this is tough times for all so we are providing an opportunity for groups to come together and sell donated items, cakes, plants, books, toys etc to raise funds.

For more information and to apply: www.tiny.cc... Please share with your groups by forwarding this email or by sharing Te Manawa’s facebook post.

Please note this Pay-It-Forward market will only proceed in October if Auckland moves to Alert Level 1.

For further information please feel free to email us at temanawa@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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