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Greerton goes green for St Paddy’s Day today

The Whittakers Irish Group will be playing music in the Greerton Village Square from 10.30am - 12.30pm today as part of the Greerton St Paddy's Fun Day.

It’s nearly time to don your green, grab your ginger wigs and head into Greerton to celebrate the best of Ireland for St Patrick’s Day.

The Greerton St Paddy’s Fun Day will be held today March 14 from 10am-1pm in the village square in front of the library and there will be plenty to do for the whole family.

Alongside a variety of prizes and spot prizes on the day including best dressed awards, there will be the ‘sham-rock’ scavenger hunt where rocks will be hidden around Greerton, which all culminate in the grand prize of a children’s bike. Any kids who turn up can participate and enter to win the bike.

The Whittakers Irish Group will be playing their music in the village square from 10.30am-12.30pm. This is a treat as Greerton Mainstreet’s Sally Benning says The Whittakers are popular and can be hard to book.

“We haven’t had them here for a few years because they’re always so busy around St Patrick’s Day.”

Bring a cushion or a seat and enjoy the sounds of Ireland in the village square.

There will also be face painting, a circus entertainer and more.

“It’s all about getting people out and enjoying a fun morning in Greerton,” says Sally.

And the people of Greerton love celebrating almost as much as they enjoy banding together and supporting one another.

#greertonsgotheart – as their new tagline emphasises – really comes into its own and two Greerton business owners have got together and set up a Givealittlepage to support those who were targeted in the recent arson attacks.

Family owned restaurants Ruk Thai and Curry Planet were forced to close their doors in January. 

Neighbouring business Bladed N Faded Barber Shop on Chadwick Road was the target of two separate fires on December 31 and January 27. The second fire destroyed the shop and the neighbouring businesses.

The Greerton community has been rallying around the devastated business owners after the fire left their respective restaurants in ruins.

Paul and Somjit Mahem have owned Ruk Thai for the past eight years. Their son Art Mahem says life hasn’t been easy since the fires gutted their restaurant. Photo: John Borren.

Life has been tough for Sanjay and Sonia Dogra since multiple fires forced them to shut up shop at their family owned Greerton restaurant Curry Planet. 

Now, community members are eager to help the restaurants owners find their feet and reopen as soon as possible.

Owner of lucky Lotto Store, Belinda Sands and Crockford Real Estate’s Karen Taylor jumped on board as a result of the community asking “how can we help?”

The money raised will be donated to the families who were affected by the arson attacks earlier in January.

“People are really feeling for these businesses,” says Sally.

“They’re both family businesses and it’s devastating for them. Both of those businesses are closed and that puts financial strain on those families.

“We think Greerton people are really great people and they do have heart,” says Sally.

For more information and to donate, visit: www.facebook.com/greertonvillage or givealittle.co.nz/cause/please-support-these-greerton-family-businesses

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