Kids cash in on arty idea

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Most peo­ple have heard of paint­ing by num­bers – but paint­ing with cash?

Shop­pers had the chance to paint a large cube with their cash at West­field Down­town last Fri­day to raise money for the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The fundraiser was or­gan­ised by AUT Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stud­ies stu­dents for a project in their fi­nal year.

Ten-year-old Ryan God­frey was among the group of young can­cer sur­vivors who at­tended the all-day event with their fam­i­lies.

Ryan, who is re­cov­er­ing from fan­coni anaemia, a rare ge­netic dis­or­der, has had two bone mar­row trans­plants over the past few years and has just re­turned to school this year.

His mother Ja­nine says be­cause he is re­ally so­cial, he loves to at­tend events like the fundraiser.

“It’s great for them, es­pe­cially when they’ve been so sick,” she says.

She says the help from the foun­da­tion for fam­i­lies like them has helped a lot.

“When you’re in hospi­tal, the fi­nan­cial sup­port and emo­tional sup­port is just fan­tas­tic.”

Fund­ing de­vel­op­ment man­ager for the foun­da­tion’s north­ern divi­sion Jan Avey says with no gov­ern­ment fund­ing, pub­lic do­na­tions make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it,” she says.

Ms Avey says the re­sponse from peo­ple to the cash cube has been fab­u­lous with a num­ber of peo­ple dec­o­rat­ing it with $10, $20 and even $50 notes.

The stu­dent or­gan­is­ers raised about $3500 from Cash Cube con­tri­bu­tions.

Lo­cal celebri­ties also joined in on the day with MTV’s Jay Reeve and Am­ber Pee­bles and Jay Jay Feeney from The Edge ra­dio sta­tion an­swer­ing ques­tions from the chil­dren.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Paint by cash: Ryan God­frey helps paint the gi­ant cash cube.

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