House fit for Hansel

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Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and the Welling­ton Hos­pi­tals and Health Foun­da­tion are sell­ing Ginger­bread House Kits for their an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal.

Each year the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal fundraises to buy gifts for their pa­tients dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod, aim­ing to make the ex­pe­ri­ence of re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment more en­joy­able for chil­dren.

Funds raised will also en­able the hos­pi­tal to up­grade its fa­cil­i­ties to a world-class stan­dard, and fur­ther de­velop its warm and child-friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

The kits con­tain lo­cally-baked ginger­bread pieces that can be as­sem­bled to build a house.

Sup­port­ers can then dec­o­rate their house and en­ter a pho­to­graph of it on­line to win prizes.

The Ginger­bread House Kits can be bought from Moore Wil­sons, Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal gift shop, Abel Tas- man Ho­tel and Cen­tral City Ho­tel.

Jill Mur­phy, gen­eral man­ager of Prime Ho­tels Welling­ton, the ma­jor spon­sor and co-or­di­na­tor of the cam­paign, said they wanted fundrais­ing that would en­gage the com­mu­nity be­yond just a do­na­tion.

‘‘Com­ing to­gether as a fam­ily is a big part of at­tend­ing the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, and these kits pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for adults and chil­dren across Welling­ton to show their sup­port for those fam­i­lies.’’

Chil­dren and adults are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the Ginger­bread House Chal­lenge 2010. The three cat­e­gories are: Best dec­o­rated Christ­mas house. Most ‘‘ Welling­ton’’ dec­o­rated Christ­mas house. Best dec­o­rated ‘‘Ki­wiana’’ house. En­ter the Ginger­bread House Chal­lenge at prime­ho­ char­ity.

En­tries close Jan­uary 17.

Home sweet home: Sugar and choco­late are cru­cial build­ing ma­te­ri­als for any good ginger­bread house, five-year-olds Anita and Daniela reckon. Adults and kids alike are en­cour­aged to en­ter the Ginger­bread House Chal­lenge.

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