Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
10 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 4230943AA Feilding Flight Centre 25 Manchester Square, Feilding email@example.com 06 323-3491 Allison Fairless joins the team at Flight Centre as an International Travel Consultant. Allison is a well known face in Feilding and now having made the decision to embark on a new career is delighted to be able to take you through the steps for your journey. Making arrangements to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. An experienced traveller in her own right, she will have every detailed covered. Feilding Flight Centre welcomes Allison Fairless to the team Make a Family Smile This Christmas We are collecting toys and food for Feilding Families 75 Fergusson Street, Feilding. 4222657AA Please ensure toys are clean and placed under the Feilding Herald Christmas Tree before Wednesday December 21, 2011 MCVERRY CRAWFORD MOTORS 360 WELLINGTON ROAD, MARTON, TEL (06) 327 8138 A/H DAVE - (06) 327 7082 • A/H BOB - (06) 327 4419 MCVERRY CRAWFORD $23,995 2005 MITSUBISHI PAJERO EXCEED 3800cc, air bags, air con, CD player, ABS brakes, full leather, 7 seats. Great value at just 4227956AA The force that fuels an Evento show Amanda Street devotes hundreds of hours of her own time to organising the Feilding High School Evento wearable arts show at Manfeild stadium. She spoke to Massey University communications student and former FHS student Kristin Svendsen about why she does it. Evento: Amanda Street, right, has helped grow the event to an amazing showpiece of local talent and creativity. Photos: SANDRA CROSBIE Q: Why did you initially involve yourself with Evento Wearable Art? I was involved in my daughter Holly s wearable art at primary and intermediate schools. When she reached high school I got involved with Evento. I had been to the very first show which was held at Feilding High School 15 years ago and have been involved with nine or 10 shows since. My inspiration for wearable art came from a lack of money. I used to play around with different designs when I was a teenager because I had no money to buy clothes. Q: What does your role with Evento entail? I head a very small group who put the whole event together. I don t see myself as being in charge. My role is to keep everyone on track and to ensure that everything gets done. This year I ve been assigned the task of promoting the new Evento calendar we have created to raise money for the show. It s also my job to get out into the com- munity and find sponsors for the show. I m the general dog s body. Q: How much time and effort do you dedicate to the show each year? Hundreds of hours are put into the organ- isation of it. And if you re not thinking about it, you re talking about it. When the show is near, I stop volunteering at the [Manchester House] op- shop and take all my annual leave from ASAP [After School Activity Programme -- her day job], because I simply cannot fit it all in. We are already thinking about next year before this year s show has finished. Q: Why is so much emphasis put on student involvement? It s a huge training ground for them. Feilding is the only place in the country running a show like this by high school students. They are involved with the lighting, stage setup, hosting, photography and many more roles. This opens up a range of opportunities for them once they leave school. We have students going on to study design and gain jobs in the fields they specialise in during the show. It s investing in youth. Q: How is Evento funded? All the money comes from sponsorship, ticket sales, grants, and merchandise. The first show was held at Feilding High School and was worth $15,000. It is now at Manfeild stadium and worth $100,000. Each year we try our best to raise funds for the show so that we don t lose money from it, but we re not gaining a profit from it.Q: What does the future hold for the show? Each year we try to make the show differ- ent. From the stage, to the music, to the categories. We also try to encourage more male designers to enter each year. Manfeild gives us a blank canvas to work from. I did seriously think this year, how many years can you keep going? But as long as there is interest from kids wanting to enter, there s a need for a show. However, there is a lack of willing volunteers to take over from us. Volunteers put in huge amounts of hours for free, but it still surprises me that other people aren t busting a gut to be on the committee. Q: Why do you enjoy volunteering at the Manchester House op-shop? Volunteering is just something I ve always done. But the real reason I am passionate about the op-shop is because of the rewarding programmes that are funded by its annual profit.
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