Sage and Taniko at Omahu Marae. Photo: Richard Brimer

Cyclone Gabrielle did its best to push us to the ground, and horror stories abound. 

But we are made of sterner stuff and what has emerged from the destruction is a beautiful camaraderie throughout the Hawke’s Bay communities that have been affected. Kindness, strength, compassion and generosity have been shown in abundance.

And fundraising efforts of many sorts have been launched. Here are two you might consider supporting. Enjoy and give at the same time.

Muse Art Gallery

On Sunday, March 12 (3-5pm) Kaye McGarva and her superb gallery Muse begin a month-long fundraising project with the help of some leading Hawke’s Bay artists. 

One of the best – Richard Brimer, photographer extraordinaire – has documented this warm spirit of response to the Cyclone with his magic camera lens – and has given the gallery two photos to be auctioned online over the course of the exhibition, which ends April 15. They will be printed A3 size and the winner can decide whether they want a black or white frame. Edition 1/10.

Phil Barber of Petane Wines salvaging a bottle from his Combi. Photo: Richard Primer
Phil Barber of Petane Wines salvaging a bottle from his Combi Photo Richard Brimer

Over twenty local artists will be showcased for a month at the fundraising exhibition; at the end of which time a minimum of 10% of the sale price of each work will go to the Hawke’s Bay Foundation Cyclone Relief Fund providing targeted support to local groups. 

As an added enticement, framed prints by Kate Mackenzie – twice winner of WOW – Jane Gray and Josh Lancaster whose work needs no introduction to art connoisseurs – will be sold online by auction, one a week. The artists who are going to auction are donating 100% of the auction price for their prints. Watch for details on the auction page on Muse’s website.

HB Community Fitness Centre

On March 25 you can try out the facilities and sample the classes on offer at both the Royston Health & Fitness Centre and the Aquatic Centre, both at the Regional Sports Park.   

It’s a family open day doubling as a Cyclone Gabrielle fundraiser.

Hawke’s Bay residents will be able to experience the regional aquatic centre and its learn to swim and water safety programmes, test their fitness and coordination skills and be out through their paces by the centres Strength and Conditioning coaches.

HBCFCT facility manager Nathan Manu says: “We’ve all had a tough time recently and it’s time that we open the doors to our amazing community facility that’s is regarded as the best of its kind in New Zealand.

“We want to make the day as interactive as possible where locals can get a first-hand experience of all that the facility offers such as the pools, high performance technology as well as be put through their paces by our first class coaches.”

The Open Day is from 10am-1pm. Here is the full programme.

A gold coin donation will raise funds to go towards the Regional Mayoral Disaster Relief  Fund.

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