Easter Rock Hunt Fun

22 April 2017
Roselyn Fauth

Mrs Fauth said she was pleased with the way the TimaruRocks message was being spread in the region and to celebrate had organised a Easter Sunday rock hunt, a fantastic dairy free option for everyone. Among the brightly painted rocks, were 30 prize rocks that could be redeemed at the Aigantighe Art Gallery. "We hadn't planned on having so many prizes, once people found out what we were planning they really got on board and made wonderful donations. The rocks were hidden at the Aigantighe Sculpture Garden in Timaru over the public holdiay.

In the lead up, the phone and email was just crazy with invitations to speak on radio and interview for local news papers. Childhood edcuation providers really got on board distributing posters, and so I think the event was well publicised, I heard that people as far as Christchurch and Dunedin had travelled to Timaru to take part in the event. We are really fortunate to have a wonderful team of Timaru Rocks admins who helped me pull of the event, and of course the support of the staff at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru. “It’s been fantastic to hear how beneficial the project has been for many people from using the rocks as an excuse to be more active, to using it as a way of improving their mental health.”

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"We had over 50 prizes rocks at the event so many a few were left for the next day to be re-hidden. It was epic and really busy. Many families spent the whole afternoon there spending time inside the gallery also do the colouring in activities and looking around. Thanks to the gallery staff, Gwenda Powell, Hayley Clark and her Mum for helping." Said Shirley Ashton, Timaru Rocks Admin and Co-orinator of the day.

The rock craze has been popping up nationwide. Roselyn Fauth established the Facebook group late January. "I thought it was something easily doable. It seems to be very popular right at the moment, there are other towns doing it and I didn't want Timaru District to miss out." Both children and adults really enjoyed painting, hiding and finding rocks. People seem really positive and I've been quite surprised by the sorts of people who are interested, there are some people with kids but it's been a real mix. It's a way of doing something creative for the community and it is realitively affordable to do."

Kirsty O'Sullivan said "Thank you so much to everyone that made this afternoon happen. My children had an absolute blast. They were lucky enough to win some prizes. And with the extra prize rocks they found they paid them forward to other children to win prizes too :) There are so many amazing rock painting artists out there, well done."

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Lynette Mattingley said "This is such a great idea, I was amazed at the turn up. My daughter won a prize after 1.5 hours of hunting and a rose Bush attacking us, but we will definitely be back."

Lisa Frater said "A wonderful event, thanks to everyone involved. Both my boys found a prize, thanks again!."

Each group has its own Facebook page, where members can post photos of rocks they have painted and let other members know where they have hidden them. Members can also post photos of rocks they've found and re-hidden, or anything else rock related. The small rocks are painted all colours, patterns and styles and finished off with a coat of varnish. The idea was originally created in the United States and Palmy Rocks, in Palmerston North, got the idea off the ground in New Zealand. We are starting to see our Timaru Rocks go international, as travelers have started to move the rocks around the world. "It's the simplicity of it and the fact that anyone can do it. It's a way of promoting a little bit of innocent fun for the community."

For more information visit www.facebookk.com/timarurocks

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