Cans festival still a favourite with movie-goers
A few bucks won’t often buy you a night at the flicks.
But next week it’ll help feed families at Christmas and provide a night out as well.
During the annual Watties Cans Film Festival, people can exchange a can for a movie ticket and support the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.
Films such as Get Smart, Horton Hears a Who and Kung Fu Panda will be shown at St Lukes, Sylvia Park and in the city on Wednesday from 5pm onwards.
Cans donated will be used to create Christmas hampers for underprivileged families around the country.
Salvation Army Royal Oak community ministry manager Bryant Richards says the Cans Film Festival is a wonderful event.
“It helps us support our clients at Christmas time and also gives families an opportunity to go to the movies because it is not very cheap any more.
“We want to do something nice for children and their families and make Christmas an extra special time,” he says.
Supported by SkyCity, Hoyts and Reading Cinemas, the Watties Cans Film Festival has collected more than 500,000 cans in the 15 years it has been running.
Last year 1672 cans were collected in central Auckland and organisers are hoping to collect at least as many this year. Watties will also support the cause by matching the amount of cans donated by movie-goers.
Salvation Army community care coordinator Graham Lapslie says the community is always very supportive of the film festival.
“We are really thankful and appreciative of what is being offered and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without community support,” he says.
“It’s an amazing collaboration and it’s tremendous that people support what we do at Christmas.”
Mr Lapslie says despite the current economic situation, people have remained very generous with donating to the foodbank.
Donations of cans as well as rice, bread, pasta and other staples are always welcomed at the Royal Oak foodbank on Mt Albert Rd.
Watties marketing manager Michelle Rice encourages people to bring as many cans as possible.
“Watties’ commitment to match every donated can means the contribution to the Salvation Army Christmas foodbanks is instantly doubled.
“So the more cans the public brings in the better,” she says.
Tickets can be collected in exchange for a can from cinemas but people are urged to buy quickly because the festival usually sells out.
For more information and movie times, visit the website www.watties.co.nz.
Can do: Salvation army community care coordinator Graham Lapslie urges people to take part in the Watties Cans Film Festival by donating a can in exchange for a move ticket.