GOODBYE OLD HOOPS: Victory students Violet Duncan (left), Thang Thang Kham Bik and Sui Tha Mawi celebrate the news they are getting new hoops with Jess Szentpeteri from Trafalgar Painting. Photo: Kate Russell.

Hoop dreams come true

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Victory Primary School’s hoop dreams have come true, thanks to a former student and her family’s business – and plenty of other generous Nelsonians.

It took just two weeks to fundraise $4000 for some much-needed new basketball hoops for the school’s courtyard – with Trafalgar Painting making up the $865 shortfall needed.

Jess Szentpeteri, from Trafalgar Painting, attended the school 20 years ago and remembers the current hoops being there when she was a child.

“My sister and I came here, and it was a really hard time for us. The school helped us, so we felt it was time to give back,” she says.

“When I saw they needed donations I suggested it to my dad, but he’d already rung the school up.”

School parent Dallas Spence, who initiated the fundraiser, says they were blown away with the generosity of the community.

“We had a $600 anonymous donation, and many families donated $50 or $100 which we know is a lot of money for them. We had many five-dollar donations here and there, which all add up.

“We just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who donated.”

Fulton Hogan Nelson also paid a visit at the school last week, donating manpower and equipment to re-paint the playground lines at the school.

“Another very generous gesture by a local business.”

Dallas is now in the process of sourcing the hoops and says they should be up and ready for action by springtime.