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