Egg hunt at musical oasis

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The hunt is on this Saturday for hidden chocolate treats at an Easter egg hunt at Violinos Music Adventure land.

Mid Canterbury TimeBank co-ordinator Kate White and Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network co-ordinator Mercedes Walkham have organised the family friendly event, which is the latest in a series of events the organisations have collaborated on.

“We are both about helping people to connect,” Kate said.

There will be at least 90 eggs hidden for children around the property, which is also filled with an eclectic mix of musical instruments people can play.

Guests can have a go making music on drums, bells and pipes, explore the music themed garden and take a tour of the collectors gallery featuring a pianola played by The Beatles.

The owner of Violinos, Ruth Hall, is a member of TimeBank and offered her property for events.

Mercedes said it was thanks to the generosity of sponsors that helped events happen.

“We received funding from Braided Rivers Trust for events, some of that money has gone towards buying the easter eggs.”

Kate said it is an event to help people connect with others.

“For newcomers and people that have been in Ashburton forever it’s a great chance to see this world class attraction and meet other people.

“We are encouraging people to bring a plate for a shared afternoon tea, it’s really about helping people connect and enjoy a nice place,” she said

Every month TimeBank organises events to help people connect.

“It is important for us to reduce isolation and help people feel that sense of belonging in the community, that’s why we run these events, get people of all different ages mixing and mingling.”

The Easter egg hunt is on this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, tickets are $11, people need to register on the Eventbrite website, more information can be found on the organisations’ Facebook pages.

-By Daniel Tobin