Romsey shop gives back

One Romsey business is giving back to the community with a series of fundraisers.

Romsey Hardware last month hosted its annual Ladies Day, attended by more than 80 women and raising nearly $2500 for the Romsey Kindergarten.

The women in attendance were also able to receive some do-it-yourself tips and get their hands on some of the hardware’s stock, including hands-on electric chainsaw demonstrations with Stihl.

Romsey Hardware owner Nick Waldhauser said neighbouring businesses provided refreshments with canapes from Soltan Pepper and coffee from Park Lane Pitstop.

“Everything from the night including entry, raffles and any profits from any of our sales was donated to the kindergarten,” he said.

“We raised just shy of $2453.33 and it all went to the Romsey Kindergarten.”

Romsey Hardware hosts a Ladies Night every year, along with a Men’s Night a few weeks later, to raise money for charity.

But this year, Mr Waldhauser said he wanted to do something to benefit people closer to home.

“It’s just a way to give back to the community, information sharing and a night where people can come in and meet each other and we raise funds for charity at the same time,” Mr Waldhauser said.

“Previously with our Ladies Nights, we’d raised money for the McGrath Foundation and we painted the shop pink for that at one stage.

“As much as the McGrath Foundation is really good because anyone with breast cancer is going to benefit from it, we decided to do something in the community and we thought the kinder was a good cause.

“We raised about $2200 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation at our Men’s Night last year. This year we’ve chosen to do something a little closer again and donate to the Romsey CFA because they’re always donating their time and don’t ask for anything back.”

Romsey Hardware’s Men’s Night is on Wednesday, September 25 and more information can be found on the store’s Facebook page,