Kids kick off charity event
Children from Blockhouse Bay Intermediate had the chance to hone their soccer skills for a good cause last month.
The kids will soon be taking part in the nationwide Kicks For Courage programme, set up by the Child Cancer Foundation.
Children are sponsored to take part in football activities, with each school keeping 20 percent of the money raised, and the rest going to the charity.
The scheme was launched with a goal-scoring contest featuring foundation ambassador Steve Price and the Wellington Phoe- nix mid-fielder Jeremy Christie.
“I’ve got my own kids and am very lucky they don’t have anything wrong with them, so I try to help out as much as I can,” Mr Price says.
Teacher in charge of the programme Kim Vaigalu says it will benefit the children in several ways.
“For our community, there’s a huge interest in soccer, so this really targets and develops that. It also supports the foundation, which works so tirelessly. They recently supported us with the sibling of a child who’d passed away.”
Blockhouse Bay student Jason Boult, 13, who managed to sneak one past the goalie on the day, says he’s looking forward to “having fun and learning about the Child Cancer Foundation”.
Child Cancer Foundation marketing manager Olivia Blaylock says the event was fantastic, despite wet weather forcing them into the school hall.
“It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to thank the kids from Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School for participating in Kicks for Courage.”
Children compete in the scheme until September 12, when they get to show off their skills on National Kicks for Courage Day.
Taking aim: Jason Boult shows off his soccer skills in front of his classmates at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate.