Fes­ti­val vis­i­tors dig deep for char­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What a part­ner­ship – what a cheque.

The Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust teamed up this year with Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (ATEED) to pro­mote the first two-day Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val at West­ern Springs.

And both or­gan­i­sa­tions de­cided it would also be a great chance to raise money for a great cause.

That is why the grand sum of $15,000 do­nated by fes­ti­val vis­i­tors has been gone to Make-A-Wish New Zealand – the char­ity that makes a dif­fer­ence in the lives of se­ri­ously ill chil­dren.

The trust is chaired by David Penny, gen­eral man­ager of Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News.

‘‘Our news group is 100 per cent be­hind Auck­land so to be a me­dia spon­sor of an event like Pasi­fika is a great fit. Our trust is equally pleased to see Make-A-Wish ben­e­fit­ing from that re­la­tion­ship,’’ Mr Penny says.

ATEED man­ager of ma­jor events Vir­ginia Terp­stra agrees: ‘‘ We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the re­sults and the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a such a great fi­nan­cial re­turn from Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val to con­tinue the work of Make a Wish New Zealand.’’

This year’s fes­ti­val was ex­tended for the first time to in­clude two days and fea­tured a com­bined Sun­day church ser­vice.

Record crowds braved the heat to soak up a cul­tural smor­gas­bord of song, dance, art and food at 10 sites rep­re­sent­ing a mix of Pa­cific Is­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Make-A-Wish chief ex­ec­u­tive Carolyn MacDonell says: ‘‘We had a fan­tas­tic week­end at Pasi­fika 2013.’’

‘‘Not only did we raise a fan­tas­tic amount of money but we also raised the pro­file of the char­ity hugely with the Auck­land pop­u­la­tion. We were blown away with the gen­eros­ity of the fes­ti­val go­ers and would like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who do­nated. Your con­tri­bu­tion will really make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of sick chil­dren in New Zealand.’’

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Team work: Carolyn MacDonell, Vir­ginia Terp­stra and David Penny with a $15,000 cheque for Make-A-Wish New Zealand.

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