Shrek brings shear de­light to Cure Kids

Central Leader - - News - By Justine Glu­cina

The coun­try’s most in­fa­mous woolly mam­mal is strip­ping down for char­ity.

Shrek the sheep is be­ing flown up from Welling­ton to­mor­row to ap­pear at the SkyC­ity Sky Tower on Sun­day where his fleecy locks will get the chop – for the third time in his 13-year life.

Pro­ceeds from the merino wether sheep will go to Cure Kids for med­i­cal re­search for chil­dren with life threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Cure Kids fund­ing man­ager Josie Spil­lane says Shrek is be­ing flown up by Qan­tas for the big day, arriving in Auck­land celebrity-style.

“Shrek flies cargo but he has a lux­u­ri­ous red car­pet-lined box. Noth­ing but the best,” she says.

Mrs Spil­lane says Cure Kids is for­tu­nate to have the sup­port of Shrek, who has raised $130,000 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion so far.

She says the gen­eros­ity of Shrek’s own­ers, John and Heather Per­rian, has been “sec­ond to none”.

“They get so much sat­is­fac­tion out of the fact Shrek has done so much for Cure Kids. You can’t put a price on this type of ex­po­sure.”

Chil­dren at SkyC­ity will re­ceive a com­mem­o­ra­tive bag of wool to take home as a me­mento from the day.

Mrs Spil­lane says tick- ets to the shear­ing can be bought on the day, but num­bers are lim­ited to 150 peo­ple.

“What bet­ter way to spend a Sun­day than see­ing a sheep at the sky tower?”

The event is be­ing held on Sun­day from 2pm to 4pm. Tick­ets cost $28 for adults, $11 for chil­dren and un­der-fives are free. A fam­ily pass is $61.00.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.curekids.org. nz.

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