Great charity aims to put smiles on children’s faces
Not every boy and girl will be waking up to a tree crowded with presents this Christmas Day.
But a giant KidsCan pressie drop in Ponsonby tomorrow is a chance to give more of them a Christmas to remember.
The KidsCan Charitable Trust will be collecting presents at Western Park as part of the Ponsonby Christmas Party, organised by the Ponsonby Business Association.
A truck in the park will be the drop-off point for anyone wanting to donate a present to the primary-aged children KidsCan supports through schools by providing clothing and food.
KidsCan general manager Julie Helson says presents received will be distributed through schools by teachers who can identify which children are not likely to be getting any presents this Christmas.
“It’s a nice way for them to feel like they’re not excluded from the celebrations,” she says.
Ponsonby Business Association general manager Justin Bade says the association chose KidsCan as its charity of choice this Christmas because it wanted to work with a fresh, energetic charity where they can see results happening.
“They’re a great, active organisation with some great patrons.”
He says Western Park will be filled with fun activities for kids, including an appearance from Santa, a bouncy castle, face-painting, sausage sizzle, performers and balloon artists from 2pm.
The Ponsonby Christmas Party will run from 10am along Ponsonby Rd with markets running into the evening and entertainment on the street until late.
People can drop off their wrapped presents, with a label saying whether it is suitable for a boy or girl and an approximate age.
Mr Bade says he hopes to make the Christmas Party and the pressie drop a regular annual event for Ponsonby. Summer has come early for over-65s at Motat.
Until March, Auckland residents with a Super Gold Card can explore the museum for free.
Museum director Jeremy Hubbard says the special is a way of acknowledging how important residents over 65 are to Motat.
“It’s also an opportunity for them to come and relive the good old days,” he says.
The special runs until March and is not available on weekends and public holidays.
For more information call 0800 MOTAT NZ.