Halloween highlight for Neighbourhood Support
Ghosts, ghouls and phantoms will be dressing to impress this Halloween.
Neighbourhood Support Auckland is kicking off its Neighbourhood Week with a costume competition.
The week, from Saturday to November 9, is also the organisation’s annual appeal.
Chairman Kevin Hicks says they are desperate for volunteers to do street collecting on Friday and Saturday around Auckland. The money will go towards operating costs that grant funding doesn’t cover, he says.
“We can respond to particular situations much quicker if we have some discretionary funding.”
Volunteer Trish Maxwell has worked with Neighbourhood Support for 20 years and will be taking grandsons Reegan Pukepuke, 9, and Jacob Ryan, 2, out collecting.
“It’s good to be able to highlight the safety principles of Halloween,” she says.
“It’s something some people don’t like but it’s here to stay and you’ve got to come up with a safety plan for kids to go out.”
To enter the costume competition, children can upload photos of their Halloween costumes to the Neighbour- hood Support website or post them to the PO Box address by noon on Monday.
Children also have to answer a series of questions including what number to call in an emergency, who to call when reporting crimes that happened in the past and where their nearest police station is.
Community constables and community board members will be responsible for judging the best outfits and giving out prizes.
Other activities include a street party on Saturday at Sunnydene Special School from 1pm to 3pm for people in the Three Kings area.
Fire safety will also be highlighted around Guy Fawkes, on November 5.
Mr Hicks says Neighbourhood Week is about neighbours and communities getting to know one another.
“If they know each other, people are more likely to be able to look after each other. It’s much safer than if they are strangers.”
Money raised in the appeal will help provide infrastructure like crime alerts and information.
For more information about Neighbourhood Week or to volunteer, go to www. auckland.neighbourhood support.com.
Gruesome guys: Reegan Pukepuke, 9, left, and Jacob Ryan, 2, dressed for Halloween.