The Den’s Albie Paton (right) with support staff checks incoming goods

Funds flow from the Den

by Paul Campbell

Maungaturoto’s charity money-spinner, The Den, has raised $115,000 during the past year, with the bulk going towards the multimillion-dollar dementia unit extension to the Riverview Rest Home, where construction is now underway for a November completion.

Meanwhile, fundraising stalwart, Albie Paton says the second hand and donated goods emporium in the old Scout hall, in Bickerstaffe Road, will carry on during the current coronavirus alert.

“We want to thank all our generous donors and purchasers that have enabled us to support Kaipara charities,” he said.

“At this point in time, The Den will keep operating, although some organisations are closing for the foreseeable future. We will still operate at least four days a week — Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

“At the moment we are full to capacity with furniture, antiques, lawnmowers, water blasters, tools and bric-a-brac. However, there are some items we prefer not to take as they are hard and costly to dispose of if they do not sell. These are TV sets, computers, printers and most electronic devices, glass, books, and even broken beds and dirty bedding.

“Lately we have had some of these goods left while the den is closed, so we are putting in more remote cameras to counter this problem.

“Anyone in doubt can simply call in and see us.

“We are wholly a volunteer group and hope we are providing a worthwhile service to the community.”