I’m doing my annual stint as receptionist at Janet Frame’s childhood home in Oamaru.
The first two visitors were from the Netherlands. They had read about the house in a book called New Zealand Detours and that is why they came to Oamaru.
The next visitors were four older women from Dunedin.
One of them stepped inside the door, stopped and said, “I’ve dreamed of coming here but never thought I would.”
She didn’t know Janet personally but loves her poetry.
As I type a couple from England are taking their time wandering through the rooms, soaking up the atmosphere.
The house was gifted to a trust and is maintained by volunteers.
The Trust has a plea:
Like all veterans of a certain age there comes a time when the usual day to day care is not enough to sustain you. Our wonderful haven celebrating Janet Frame is showing her age and needs more than a little TLC.
We are extremely grateful for support we receive from friends, donors and visitors and these contributions help us with the day to day expenses each year. Earlier last year it was discovered that the window frames all needed replacing as they were rotten then later in 2012 much to our horror it was discovered the plumbing needed extensive repairs as well.
We are trying to raise $6000 to cover the repairs bills for both sets of repairs and to tidy up after them.
Give a little is an approved charitable platform, now sponsored by Telecom. This sponsorship means every cent donated goes to the cause you intended it for. It is also a secure site that transfers the funds safely to the charity.
We are asking the community of support for 56 Eden Street to ‘give a little’ to enable us to fundraise the amount to repair the property and keep it available to visit and store memories.
Please visit Give a Little on this link and donate to Fix our House http://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/fixourhouse by clicking on the blue Donate now button about the middle of your screen.
The Janet Frame Eden Street Trust is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible. A receipt can be downloaded on the spot.
I hope you pause from your day to day and help us keep this wonderful property safe and open to the public.
The Trustees of the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust.