Ruby raises funds for mis­sion gifts

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Ruby Wright has guar­an­teed her­self a place in Santa’s good books this year.

The Ko­hi­marama school­girl has proven her char­i­ta­ble spirit by spend­ing ev­ery week­end since the start of Novem­ber busk­ing to raise money to buy presents for less-for­tu­nate chil­dren.

‘‘Last year on Christ­mas Eve my fam­ily was giv­ing presents to the mis­sion and I saw all the peo­ple and all the chil­dren out­side,’’ the 10-year-old says.

‘‘It made me think of fundrais­ing be­cause I want ev­ery kid to get a Christ­mas present,’’ she says.

It is only the sec­ond year she has been play­ing the sax­o­phone but she wasn’t too shy to take it to the streets of east Auck­land and belt out some car­ols.

Over six weeks Ruby raised $488 and used it to buy gifts for the Auck­land City Mis­sion to hand out to kids.

She made sure to buy items that were en­ter­tain­ing but didn’t need bat­ter­ies.

The end re­sult was a trol­ley loaded with presents wheeled into the mis­sion on Mon­day.

‘‘I feel very happy, be­cause now I know that kids are go­ing to get presents this year,’’ Ruby says.

The Christ­mas season is a par­tic­u­larly busy time for the Auck­land City Mis­sion.

Vol­un­teer Olive Bo­den­burg says peo­ple start lin­ing up out­side the doors from 1am.

By 9am the line is stretch­ing down Hob­son St, she says.

Ruby’s mum Rowena says she is proud to see her daugh­ter do some­thing so self­less by help­ing the mis­sion.

‘‘When we came here last year we left cry­ing there were so many peo­ple wait­ing out­side,’’ Ruby says.

‘‘That’s when she had the idea, and I’m quite im­pressed to see her fol­low through.’’

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Giv­ing spirit: Auck­land City Mis­sion vol­un­teer Olive Bo­den­burg with gift-giver Ruby Wright.

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