On Tuesday 2 December, although the wind was [very] cool and gusty, over 350 Tawa residents and children flocked into the grounds of St Francis Xavier School again for the Rotary Club of Tawa's annual carols evening. Mark Edgecombe was the Master of Ceremonies, and children's choirs from Tawa Primary, St Francis Xavier, Tawa Intermediate and the Tawa Filipino community (featured in this order in the photos below) gave spirited performances. Megan McCarthy, the music teacher at Tawa Intermediate sang two magnificent solos, the second dedicated to her grandmother who passed away the week before. Tawa Primary also danced 'Rocking around the Christmas Tree' and a young student sang a beautiful solo of 'Away in a Manger'.
A 35-strong contingent from Trust Porirua City Brass, conducted by Kerry Garret, provided the accompaniment. Members of the Tawa Rotary Club also pitched in with an impromptu choir to lead the carols. The stage and sound equipment were provided by the Wellington City Council.
The meaning of Christmas was not forgotten and the story of Christmas was told in four progressive readings during the evening by members of the Rotary Club. Proceeds from a 'sold-out' sausage sizzle and a gold coin collection during the evening have been donated to the Tawa food bank to help make Christmas a little more enjoyable for everyone.
The evening was rounded off with the traditional lolly scramble for the kids.
- report provided by the Rotary Club of Tawa