Get­ting ‘a bit silly for a se­ri­ous cause’

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BROOKE GAR­DINER

CHAR­I­TA­BLE or­gan­i­sa­tion Cure Kids is on a mis­sion to raise $1 mil­lion dol­lars to help fund re­search into life-threat­en­ing child­hood ill­nesses and it needs your help.

Fol­low­ing a 13 year hia­tus, Cure Kids is re­launch­ing Red Nose Day and Queen­stown’s re­gional man­ager Josie Spillane is hop­ing the district will get be­hind the cam­paign.

A for­mer child am­bas­sador for the char­ity, Mrs Spillane said she was con­fi­dent Cen­tral Otago and Lakes District com­mu­ni­ties would lend their sup­port to the wor­thy cause on Novem­ber 19.

‘‘Cure Kids has its heart and soul in Queen­stown af­ter be­ing launched fol­low­ing the first 50k of Coronet event here,’’ she said.

Cure Kids chief ex­ec­u­tive Vicki Lee said Red Nose Day would pro­vide the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get ‘‘a bit silly for a se­ri­ous cause’’.

‘‘We’re call­ing on all Ki­wis to pick up a red nose, badge, wrist­band or car nose and to post a photo of them- selves on our Face­book page to show their sup­port.

‘‘Ki­wis have al­ways got be­hind Red Nose Day in the past, and we are hop­ing the same will be true this year. New Zealand’s sup­port of Red Nose Day will help Cure Kids to im­prove the health of chil­dren through re­search and its out­comes so let’s turn the coun­try into a sea of red noses!’’

Sev­eral well-known New Zealan­ders have al­ready lent their sup­port to the cam­paign, in­clud­ing In­ver­cargill Mayor Tim Shad­bolt and ac­tress An­to­nia Preb­ble, by don­ning noses in the hope of en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same.

‘‘We are hop­ing that ev­ery­one will get in­volved.’’

Mrs Spillane said a spe­cial morn­ing tea had been or­gan­ised at Paper Plus in Cromwell and that she was still look­ing for some­one in Queen­stown to host a sim­i­lar event on the day.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to get a cafe on board to host a morn­ing tea in Queen­stown.’’

Good cause: Cure Kids re­gional man­ager Josie Spillane, left, and am­bas­sador So­phie New­bold sport Red Noses ahead of the an­nual ap­peal this month.

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