Getting ‘a bit silly for a serious cause’
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.