Kids cash in on arty idea
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.
Paint by cash: Ryan Godfrey helps paint the giant cash cube.