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Institute women in fundraising mode

Poverty Bay Wairoa Women’s Institute Federation has been busy preparing for two fundraising ventures.

The first is a pop-up shop on August 20 and 21 in the former flower shop on the corner of Gladstone Road and Derby Street.

Poverty Bay Wairoa federation president Alison Crawford said they were fundraising for the New Zealand Federation of Women’s Institutes 100-year celebrations at Rissington, Napier, in February 2021.

“This is where the first women’s institute was started,” she said.

The organisation had extended its support from community to nationwide through knitting, baking and finance, she said.

Friendships had been made among members that were “as long and wide as our great women’s institute.”

Mrs Crawford said there would be plenty of bargains at the pop-up shop.

“We will have home baking, a white elephant table, newly-knitted items and lots more, as well as raffles.

Funds made from the shop will also help other local women’s institute projects.

Another fundraiser planned is the Cuppa for Multiple Sclerosis, on Wednesday, August 28.

This is a Puha Women’s Institute project and will be held at Kahutia Bowling Club at a cost of $10.

“Please bring cash for our edible auction,” said Mrs Crawford.

Tickets for this can be bought from the pop-up shop or by contacting Jean Mills on (06) 867 4514.

POP-UP SHOP: Poverty Bay Wairoa Women’s Institute members Betty Thompson and Joy Scott with president Alison Crawford and some of the goodies which will be for sale at a pop-up shop next week. The shop will be in the former florist’s shop on the corner of Gladstone Road and Derby Street on Tuesday and Wednesday. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell