Cathedral hosts KidsCan event
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.
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.