A ‘mag­i­cal’ day for the kids

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A huge num­ber of de­serv­ing chil­dren re­ceived early Christ­mas gifts from Santa at the Spe­cial Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party in Porirua.

Spon­sored by The Ra­dio Net­work, the par­ties – also held in a num­ber of other cen­tres across the coun­try – aim to give dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren a Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion to re­mem­ber.

The event, in its 10th year, is sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses across New Zealand.

The Welling­ton party was at Te Rau­paraha Arena in Porirua on Novem­ber 27. About 1800 chil­dren en­joyed bouncy cas­tles, face paint­ing, a merry-go-round, and presents from Santa and his helpers.

Lo­cal busi­ness sup­port­ers of the event, Irene No­val of Spec­savers Lower Hutt and Claire Cham­bers of Spec­savers Porirua, were blown away by the day and said it was fan­tas­tic to see the kids en­joy­ing them­selves.

‘‘The day was so well-or­gan­ised; there was a cave full of presents that the kids just loved,’’ Ms Nor­val said. ‘‘It was a great way for lo­cal busi­nesses to give back to the com­mu­nity [and] mag­i­cal to see their lit­tle faces light up when they got their new doll, puz­zle or ac­tion toy.’’

Photo: MUR­RAY LLOYD

Party time: From left, Lila, Alofa and Ge­orge Tofa, Irene No­val from Lower

Hutt Spec­savers and their Stormtrooper friend take a minute out dur­ing the Christ­mas party at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Novem­ber 27.

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