Star light, star brightt
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.”
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.