Cathe­dral hosts Kid­sCan event

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

When Nathan Kelly-Moore learned about child poverty in Auck­land he was com­pelled to act.

The year 6 Re­muera Pri­mary School stu­dent de­cided to or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing event for Kid­sCan at Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral where his mum Jo Kelly-Moore is the dean.

He’s thrilled that this Fri­day’s Kid­sCan Per­form for Poverty con­cert will be the first com­mu­nity event held in the newly ren­o­vated cathe­dral.

‘‘I’ve been told that some kids in South Auck­land don’t have much in their lunch­boxes when I have a lot,’’ Nathan says.

‘‘All I re­ally want is to give them some healthy things to eat. The most they have is a packet of chips if they’re lucky and that shouldn’t be the case.’’

Kid­sCan char­i­ta­ble trust tries to ad­dress that need by pro­vid­ing food, cloth­ing and ba­sic health care to chil­dren in low decile schools across the coun­try.

Nathan, 11, will be help­ing to MC the event along with chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Suzy Cato.

The Very Rev­erend Jo Kel­lyMoore couldn’t be more sup­port­ive of her son’s ini­tia­tive.

‘‘Kid­sCan is do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary work and we’re de­lighted to be sup­port­ing them,’’ she says.

‘‘The sense of both hor­ror and re­spon­si­bil­ity Nathan felt to do some­thing was quite mov­ing. We’re con­scious that as an Angli­can church in the Auck­land re­gion so many of us are car­ing for chil­dren who are liv­ing in poverty.

‘‘What we can do as a cathe­dral, as well as the prac­ti­cal things we do with fam­i­lies them­selves, is use the space we’ve got to raise aware­ness in the com­mu­nity of the is­sue, es­pe­cially as we’re all about to cast our votes.

‘‘We’ve got to con­sider what poli­cies po­lit­i­cal par­ties are of­fer­ing to care for the most needy in our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ she says.

Vol­un­teers from the cathe­dral youth groups will be staffing the event and five schools have signed up to take part.

Mu­sic, dance and cul­tural groups from Par­nell Dis­trict School, Re­muera Pri­mary School, Royal Oak Pri­mary School, Vic­to­ria Av­enue School and Kings School will all be per­form­ing.

Kid­sCan chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Chap­man says she’s grate­ful to the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral com­mu­nity for host­ing the event.

‘‘The Kid­sCan Per­form For Poverty event is a spe­cial one for us as it is not only about chil­dren show­cas­ing their tal­ent, but also giv­ing kids the op­por­tu­nity to support their peers. We are look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of this fun evening.’’

The event is on Septem­ber 12 and starts at 7pm. Go to iticket.co.nz for ad­vance book­ings. Tick­ets are $25 for adults, $20 for se­niors and com­mu­nity ser­vices card­hold­ers, $15 for stu­dents and $10 for chil­dren.

Door sales are avail­able on the night and chil­dren un­der 14 get in for free.

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Peer support: Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral dean The Very Rev­erend Jo Kel­lyMoore and her son Nathan, who came up with the idea to hold a fundrais­ing event for Kid­sCan.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz to watch a video about the chil­dren’s char­ity Kid­sCan.

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