Santa thrills kids on har­bour cruise

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

Christ­mas is tough for some fam­i­lies.

That’s why The Red Boats owner-op­er­a­tors An­drew and Dan­nielle Somers hatched a plan to put some joy back into the fes­tive sea­son for those who might need a bit of cheer­ing up.

They’ve just held their sec­ond Christ­mas Cruise in con­junc­tion with the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust – a fundrais­ing arm of Fair­fax Me­dia and the Auck­land City Har­bour News. Nearly 30 chil­dren from all over Auck­land and their care­givers en­joyed a few hours on the har­bour on Sun­day – all free.

There were smiles ev­ery­where when Santa ar­rived, via the po­lice launch Deo­dar, to hand out trust­do­nated goodie bags.

Each child got a $200 gift voucher, tick­ets to the movies, a sun­hat, books and more.

There were also dou­ble passes to Ru­dolph the Red Nosed Rein­deer – cour­tesy of the Bruce Ma­son Cen­tre, as well as a Santa hat, bal­loons and candy canes from the Ware­house Al­bany.

‘‘Peo­ple were blown away by what was in those bags,’’ An­drew says.

‘‘Some of the mums got quite emo­tional.

Trust chair­man David Penny says the day wrapped up another big year for the or­gan­i­sa­tion that also raised $250,000 for the Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in May.

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