Star light, star brightt

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

Chil­dren from Eden­dale Pri­mary School are bring­ing some Christ­mas cheer to the lives of those less for­tu­nate.

They have been mak­ing colour­ful stars to give to sick chil­dren at Starship hospi­tal this Christ­mas as part of the Mer­cury En­ergy Stars for Starship com­pe­ti­tion.

Chil­dren from all year lev­els have been dec­o­rat­ing stars with glit­ter, paint, crayons, sparkles, pom-poms and more.

Schools around the North Is­land are mak­ing stars and the winning en­tries will be cho­sen to hang on the Starship Christ­mas tree and dec­o­rate the wards.

Eden­dale teacher An­nette Her­bert says it has been good for the chil­dren to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“They have been re­ally en­joy­ing it and it’s good for them to know what it is for,” she says.

“We have been talk­ing to them about the hospi­tal and mak­ing them aware of the cause.”

The Mer­cury En­ergy Stars for Starship com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning for eight years.

More than 100,000 card­board stars will be dec­o­rated in the compe- tition and schools have un­til Fri­day to get their en­tries in.

The winning stars will be an­nounced on De­cem­ber 10.

The class with the best stars will also be treated to a party at Kelly Tarl­ton’s Un­der­wa­ter World.

Mer­cury En­ergy re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Richard De Luca says the com­pe­ti­tion en­cour- ages school pupils to help other chil­dren have a mer­rier Christ­mas.

“Tra­di­tions like dec­o­rat­ing the Christ­mas tree are a spe­cial part of the fes­tive sea­son and Mer­cury En­ergy is thrilled to give pa­tients a way to share in the Christ­mas spirit even though they’re away from home,” he says.

Starship Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Young says the dec­o­ra­tions will give a fes­tive feel to the wards.

“The stars are so bright that they re­ally help ease pa­tients’ dis­ap­point­ment of miss­ing Christ­mas with their fam­ily,” he says.

“We con­tinue to be over­whelmed by the phe­nom­e­nal ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity that the chil­dren put into their stars.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Shine on: Eden­dale School pupils have been dec­o­rat­ing stars for chil­dren at Starship chil­dren’s hospi­tal. From left: Trevino Betham, 9, Ge­orge Bell, 8, and Jenna Ackerman, 9.

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