Big crowd at Big Share Fair


The Hope Community Church’s Big Share Fair got Hopefest off to a great start on Saturday morning with hundreds of people queuing up early to get the best bargains.

The Big Share Fair is the opening event of the week-long Hopefest which started on Saturday and will feature a series of free activities and seminars at the church on Ranzau Rd. Thousands of items will be given away during the Big Share Fair which senior pastor Donald Irvine says is always the highlight of Hopefest.

The church started Hopefest in 2008 as a way to celebrate its first birthday and Donald says it’s a nice way for them to give back to the community. The church’s “family” has donated most of the items which will be purchased using Hope Notes handed out for free at the door.


Hopefest will also include a  charity quiz night on Friday May 22 when the winners will give $1000 in prize money to the Nelson Tasman Hospice, Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, St John, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Red Cross Refugee Services.

“We’ve turned a conventional quiz night around and the first five teams give their prize money away to the charities instead of keeping it themselves.”

Donald says the three seminars cover a range of topics including dealing with anxiety and stress and the challenges of living in the digital age. The seminars are also free and will be held next week from May 19-21 starting at 7.30pm with no booking required.

A concert with Elvis impersonator Mark Borg will be held on Saturday May 23.

Hopefest concludes with a Sunday morning church service on May 24 with guest speaker Jim Hickey. Donald says the former television weather presenter, who “encountered God in a miraculous way” and will be a big attraction.

For more information on Hopefest go to the website or phone the church on 5446628