Students at Irongate Primary School were treated to a fun lunch yesterday to help them recover from a fire that wrecked their playground two weeks ago.
Organisers Martin Good and Sarah van der Kley from Classic Hits 89.5FM said they wanted to do something nice for the kids to show "their community cares about them".
Irongate principal Fay Wooster said the playground would likely be out of action for some time. The school would be lucky to have it replaced by the end of the year.
"It was very humbling to see people from the community show their compassion for what has happened at our school and be so willing to help out and provide the students with this day," she said.
With the help of the Classic Hits team, Good and van der Kley served up American hot dogs to all the students while Funworks, Portable Paparazzi and the Mr Rental mascot provided entertainment.
Van der Kley said the fun lunch was important for the morale of the Irongate pupils.
"When we first heard about the playground being burnt, we were really gutted because we have worked with Irongate Primary before and know what a cool bunch of kids they are.
"When a playground is deliberately destroyed the kids take it as a personal attack on their property. At Irongate they have quite a lot of school pride as well so it made them feel really stink."
She said the students were shocked when they found out they did not have to pay for anything at the fun lunch.
The best part of the day for her had been telling the kids everything would be free.
"By the looks on their faces you could tell they were absolutely stoked!"
The fun lunch went from 11.30am until 1pm, giving all the students a chance to play on the inflatable toys and use a portable photobooth.
Portable Paparazzi owner Clint Frater said he was glad he was able to help put smiles of the students' faces.
"It's pretty ridiculous to burn down a school playground so when my wife and I heard about the lunch we thought it would be good to jump in and do something for the kids.
"It's good to know we were able to give them a bit of fun and even though it won't replace what they lost at least the kids don't have to think about it for a day."