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he summer term is here! Now that the biggest event of your PTA year is tantalisingly close, you’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement, nerves, and panic! Months of kicking about a whole raft of grand ideas


(we genuinely once discussed the possibility of getting local celebrity Peter Andre to parachute into our fair!) are followed by sleepless nights as you run through every last detail in your head. Then the doubt creeps in – what if it pours with rain or you can’t sign up enough volunteers? Fear not! We’ve put together a whopper of a 12-page summer fair special for this issue, so however  of inspiration, advice, and reassurance! Turn to p25. Between you and me, I think I’m a little bit in love with Australian fundraising


guru Mandy Weidmann! The latest instalment of her ‘perfect planning’ feature, Wisdom in the Wind Down (p21), looks at the merits of evaluating events and preparing handover notes. If you have ever found yourself in a PTA meeting, discussing how many burgers to order or what to charge, the question, ‘Well what did we do last year?’ will inevitably surface. There is nothing more frustrating than being part of the ‘new’ organising committee for an annual event only to discover that no-one has any idea what was done last year! So do your successor a favour and whatever information you wish someone had given you, write it down. It can’t have escaped your attention that school budgets are coming under


increasing pressure. With our background in providing fundraising advice to PTAs, we felt that it was time to extend our support to school leadership teams. After months of hard work, the team and I are proud to launch FundEd! Turn to  Finally, I’d like to thank our readers for your support this year – for giving


us some great testimonials, and especially to those who have subscribed (p56). Wishing you all a successful fair and a relaxing summer – see you in the autumn!


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