House fit for Hansel
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 primehotels.co.nz/kids 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.