Big long post to follow! The short version is that the school has been generously donated $8k towards the pool repairs but this is in order to undertake a more expensive, but considerably longer lasting option, plastering instead of painting. So the Love Leigh Peg will continue to help fundraise the difference.
The Leigh School Board of Trustees are excited to announce that the school has received an $8000 donation towards the school pool repairs!
The Board have been working with Mathesons Bay resident Glenn Dalton, who has considerable experience installing and repairing pools, on deciding the best approach to fix the school pool. Instead of repainting, Glenn has recommended that we tile and plaster the pool which will provide a higher quality and longer-term solution (the plaster has a 25 year warranty). To help make this happen Glenn has raised $8000 from some very generous donors and is aiming to raise another $4000 to cover the costs of the plastering. We are very grateful for Glenn’s generous help as this will mean that the pool should be able to be fixed and ready in time for summer!
However we still need to keep fundraising as with this option we still need to sandblast the pool first, then tile around the waterline, paint the outside edges and lip of the pool, upgrade the filter, get a new chlorine system, replace the drain grating, repair the sun-shade and finally refill the pool with water.
The school is very grateful for Love Leigh Peg’s ongoing contributions to the pool project – now over $2000! The funds raised by Peg will be essential to completing the job. Well done Leigh community, thanks for getting in behind this project and for your continuing support to the school.
The overall cost of the project is now obviously considerably more than the original $7000 target for repainting the pool, but the final product will be far superior and ensure the preservation of this valuable resource for the school and community.
Julie Turner & the Leigh School BOT’.
We currently have a community run fundraiser happening that is rather special and unique. The fundraiser is in the form of a green peg named ‘Peg’ and she is available for people to take home and enjoy / put to work / take to social occasions etc. In return for this honour, the hosts then make a large or small donation to our school. The hosts also take photos of Peg’s adventures with them and we post them on her own Facebook page – ‘Love Leigh Peg‘.
To date she has raised just over $2250 and we hope to raise as much as we can of the $7,000 that we need to repair our school pool. (More info about the school pool repairs and why they are needed here.)
Peg has been on local walks, attended a Rodney Council meeting, helped with weed eradication, done a days work landscaping, delivered union speeches to other pegs, been Stand Up Paddle-boarding, watched a Lion’s game, gate-crashed a wedding, been on a Northland sightseeing trip with students from Minnesota University, worked in Leigh’s marine lab, helped with catering, been held for ransom, done charity work in Auckland and much much more.
We also have the option for people to use a Peg stunt double if they live out of the area, or overseas, and wish to participate in our vital fundraiser.
If you have a need for Peg in your life please contact Melissa to discuss.
Read on below the pictures for the background of how Peg came to be….
Peg is a rather awesome wee green clothes peg who local character David Crockett spotted lying in the dust at the bottom of a photo for a pile of free bricks on our local Love Leigh community fb page. He commented on the post asking if he could purchase the Peg for the grand total of $1 to the owner and $4 for the local school. The owner agreed. So he bought the peg and the previous owner made the donation to Leigh School. That night David posted some humorous comments and pics up on our community page and suggested that everyone buys her and makes a donation to the school. Then I, (his daughter and the admin of this page), bought her, took her home and photographed her helping out around home and then advertised her services…Next up local lady Judy bought her and took Peg home to give a speech to her own pegs, then Wendy had a turn and then Jenine and so it has continued…