Cans fes­ti­val still a favourite with movie-go­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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