No 8 wire Santa is check­ing his list

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

A life-size pa­pier mache Santa Claus, the re­sult of some cre­ative think­ing and a bit Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity, has been spread­ing plenty of Christ­mas cheer in Ti­tahi Bay.

The Whit­ford Brown Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Trust runs day ser­vices which help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in the com­mu­nity.

Its jolly red gi­ant has been six months in the mak­ing and the last patch of paint was dry­ing at Santa’s feet when Kapi-Mana News dropped by last week.

‘‘He’s made out of No 8 wire and a clothes bas­ket. It’s worked out far bet­ter than I ever though it would. He looks good, we’re very proud of him,’’ said co-or­di­na­tor Sharon Mal­ley.

‘‘We’ve had him dry­ing in the win­dow through­out the week and chil­dren have been walk­ing by and wav­ing at him.’’

Ms Mal­ley thinks up new and ex­cit­ing craft projects to keep mem­bers busy and said the pa­pier mache Santa was quite a chal­lenge.

‘‘It’s just re­ally nice to show what they can do.

‘‘They’ve worked on him [Santa] ev­ery day.’’

Santa, com­plete with sack of presents and a list of naughty and nice chil­dren, stood next to a card­board fire­place and brightly dec­o­rated tree for last Thurs­day’s end-of-year bash.

Santa’s helpers: Whit­ford Brown Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Trust mem­bers Gail Roberts, Es­ther Fa’afoi, Minique Johns and Raewyn Goldfinch, have been work­ing on the life-size paper mache Santa be­hind them for the last six weeks in time for the trust’s an­nual Christ­mas party.

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