Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:02

Saturdays Sizzle

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What have Mitre 10 Mega, the Warehouse, Saturday mornings and smiling faces all got in common?

Yes, you guessed it, the Green Dollar Sausage Sizzle fund raisers held early in January and February of this year to help top up Exchange funds as we wait for the outcome of our application to Lotteries for a grant to assist with running costs.Late last year your committee decided to take a proactive stance about its financial position, hence the decision to go out to the public with an ever popular food opportunity and at the same time grab a publicity position at two of Masterton's most visited shopping destinations.

So, picture the scene as the BBQ fires up, the sausages hit the grill followed quickly by the sliced onions and the first slices of bread are prepared along with an array of tomato and plum sauces supplemented with a dash of mustard. The first contestant in Master Chef has the snarlers well under control while standing alongside is team member two insisting on the perfect presentation as sausage hits bread on the exact diagonal. A speedy sprinkle of onions, a splash of the selected sauces and then it's hand over time – sausage to customer and cash to the third member of the team as the G$ financial guru banks the profits from this well oiled transaction.

The customers come and go, the banter flies back and forth, the volunteer teams change places, the G$ message is promoted, a dash is made to buy more sausages and before you know it the six hour sausage sizzle is over and it's time to clean up, pack up and count up – some hundreds of dollars profit from the two occasions plus the raising of the G$ message and profile in the community.

Thanks must go to Mitre 10 Mega and the Warehouse for allowing us to use their sites and in the case of Mitre 10 all their BBQ equipment as well. Catie-Lou brought over her BBQ at short notice when an emergency occurred at the Warehouse and Breadcraft provided an early supply of subsidised bread. And special thanks must go to all the volunteers who not only gave so much of their time but also in many cases items for the BBQ's that otherwise would have had to be bought.

Sue and Paul, Hayden and Lyn, Roger and Mary, Catie-Lou, Jenny, Rachel, Libbi, Di and Keith made up these volunteer teams – and all with a smile on their faces.

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