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The annual Children's Day event in Ashburton is in doubt unless more volunteers step forward and more funding is secured.
A public meeting is being held on September 19 for people to show their support for the very popular event.
Nationally celebrated Children's Day has been held at the Plains Museum complex since 2010 and provides a free day out for families.
The event is held to encourage positive relationships between adults and children and encourages families to have fun together without any financial burden.
Mid Canterbury Children's Day chair Alice Czerski said the event relied very heavily on volunteer support.
Children's Day attracted around 4000 people each year in Mid Canterbury and without volunteers providing hands-on support in many areas, ``it would not happen''.
"The event doesn't just happen - the committee work all year around planning it, booking activities, sourcing volunteers to help on the day and raising funds.
"While it's a free day for families and always has been, it does cost around $12,000 to provide all the rides, refreshments and activities.''
Mrs Czerski said the small committee of five could concentrate on running the event if more committee members, volunteers and sponsors came on board.
Fellow committee member Lorrayne Oakley said being part of the team that ran the event was a ``privilege''.
The rewards were reflected on the childrens' faces on the day ``as they enjoyed their first train ride, or bungy jump and proudly showed off an item made in the craft tent''.
Everyone involved was keen to see the event happen on March 3 next year, but without more support there was a risk it would not, said Mrs Oakley.
The public meeting will be held at Braided Rivers Restaurant at 7pm. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Adi on 027 2208791.
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