One cir­cus helps an­other

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A world-fa­mous cir­cus is giv­ing a help­ing hand to an in­ner-city troupe.

Pro­ceeds from a Cirque du Soleil ben­e­fit per­for­mance, to be staged in Ep­som in Septem­ber, will go to the Cir­ca­bil­ity Trust to sup­port its work with vul­ner­a­ble youth.

The trust, based at Vic­to­ria Park’s Camp­bell Free Kinder­garten build­ing, pro­vides cir­cus work­shops for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties.

It also runs classes in schools and for dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board ap­proved the trust’s com­mu­nity lease of its new cen­tral city home in July last year.

Pro­gramme di­rec­tor Thomas Hinz says the fu­ture looks bright for the trust.

‘‘Since start­ing a se­ries of test classes in May we have had fan­tas­tic feed­back from the pub­lic who are thrilled to see the build­ing filled with life again.’’

Cir­ca­bil­ity runs pro­grammes with weekly free open ses­sions on Sun­day af­ter­noons and Tues­day evenings.

The trust has teamed up with the Toi Ora Live Arts Trust and Ho­hepa Auck­land who are also run­ning weekly ses­sions.

Pro­ceeds from tick­ets pur­chased through Cir­ca­bil­ity for Cirque du Soleil’s show Totem on Septem­ber 18 will be do­nated to the trust.

The show will run from 8pm un­der the Big Top at Alexan­dra Park.

Photo: JESS LEE

Roll up: The Cir­ca­bil­ity Trust op­er­ates out of Vic­to­ria Park’s Camp­bell Free Kinder­garten build­ing.

Help­ing out: Pro­ceeds from tick­ets pur­chased through the Cir­ca­bil­ity Trust for Cirque du Soleil’s per­for­mance of Totem on Septem­ber 18 will be do­nated to the trust.

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