Spot a Santa and have a very merry Christ­mas

Campaspe News - - NEWS - — Lana Mur­phy

A COM­PE­TI­TION chal­leng­ing chil­dren to find cutouts of Santa and his elves in­side Rochester busi­nesses kicks off to­day.

It is or­gan­ised by Rochester Dis­trict Plan­ning Group in part­ner­ship with Rochester Busi­ness Net­work and runs un­til De­cem­ber 20. And you could even win some cash. Or­gan­iser Val Gled­hill said the ini­tia­tive was aimed at en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to visit Rochester’s stores.

‘‘While the kids are search­ing for these lit­tle crea­tures, the par­ents might see a pair of shoes and end up buy­ing them,’’ she said.

But Mrs Gled­hill said the cutouts could also be hid­den in other places around Rochester.

‘‘They could be hid­ing any­where — in shops, in busi­nesses or just on the street,’’ she said.

Cash prizes are on of­fer to the three chil­dren who find the most cutouts.

To take part, chil­dren have to write their name, age and ad­dress on a piece of pa­per, along with the lo­ca­tions they have found San­tas or elves — and they must spec­ify which one they have found.

‘‘When you think you have found all that is pos­si­ble, put your en­try in a box on the bench at the front of Ma­jors IGA store,’’ Mrs Gled­hill said.

En­tries close on De­cem­ber 20, with the win­ner to be an­nounced in the De­cem­ber 21 edi­tion of Cam­paspe News— al­low­ing win­ners to col­lect their prizes be­fore Christ­mas.

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