Say it with flowers to make children happy
Thousands of lei handed out during this year’s Pasifika Festival will help make hundreds of children’s wishes come true.
More than 25,000 plasticflower lei will be exchanged for gold coin donations on March 8 and 9, with proceeds going to Make-AWish New Zealand.
The charity grants wishes to children with lifethreatening medical conditions.
Pasifika will be held at Western Springs, where park grounds will be turned into 11 traditional Pacific Island villages showcasing music, dance, crafts and food.
Hawaii will be represented for the first time, alongside Aotearoa, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue and Kiribati.
The event is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.
It is the second year MakeA-Wish has been a charity partner.
‘‘Make-A-Wish grants over 200 wishes a year in New Zealand and relies heavily on the donations generated through our various fundraising channels,’’ spokeswoman Olivia Yule says.
‘‘Pasifika is an opportunity not only to raise funds, but to get out into some of the communities we serve and share our magical wish stories.’’
Floral fundraiser: Make-A-Wish New Zealand fundraising co-ordinator Olivia Yule with a bulk order of lei that the charity hopes will soon be turned to cash.
Go to aucklandnz.com/ pasifika for more festival details. Go to makeawish. org.nz or text WISH to 5338 to make a $3 donation to MakeA-Wish.