Say it with flow­ers to make chil­dren happy

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.’’

Photo: JESS LEE

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.

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