Hospice Whanganui is holding a fundraising fireworks festival.

The festival will be held on September 16 at the Wanganui Racecourse with almost 5000 general admission, grandstand and corporate tickets available. If postponed due to weather there is a reserve day the following Tuesday.

This event will start at 5pm with entertainment and food and glow stick stalls culminating in a 10-minute fireworks display which will be choreographed to music.

“This is not just fireworks, this is a fireworks festival,” Hospice Whanganui operations manager Sandy McDougall said.

“One of the reasons we decided to do this is because many fundraisers for charity are quite high-end events. We wanted to do something that catered to the whole community.

“It’s going to be fun. Even though we are raising money I feel like we are giving back as well. We always feel like we’re asking but this is something to give back.”

Harcourts, Armstrong Barton and Axiam helped fund much of the event so Hospice Whanganui is hoping to raise about $45,000 from ticket sales.

That will go towards the more than $1million it needs to raise each year.

If successful Hospice Whanganui hope to make it an annual event.

There will be no gate sales so tickets will need to be purchased beforehand.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $15 for grandstand and $40 for corporate and can be purchased online at hospicewhanganui.org.nz.

It is free entry for children under 5.

General admission tickets can also be purchased at hospice shops, Armstrong Barton and Harcourts.

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