Fun and fes­tiv­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH LO­GAN Room 15, Para­pa­raumu Beach School

This year’s Spe­cial Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party at Te Rau­paraha Arena was great fun for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Food and fun was there for ev­ery child and par­ent.

The an­nual party is a way to cel­e­brate Christ­mas for chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing from life-threat­en­ing ill­ness, phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual im­pair­ment, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or liv­ing in un­der­priv­i­leged cir­cum­stances.

Burg­ers, lol­lies, drinks, fruit and heaps more was there to sat­isfy their ap­petites, and clowns, mu­sic and dance com­pe­ti­tions were among the ac­tiv­i­ties to ig­nite their fes­tive spirit.

The chil­dren re­ally en­joy it ev­ery year and they keep com­ing back to have more fun.

Heaps of vol­un­teers come each year to help set­ting up and clean­ing up. Just telling the chil­dren they look great or you like their face paint, makes them re­ally happy.

For me, as a vol­un­teer, it was great fun and I en­joyed know­ing that I had made other chil­dren, who may not get a fun Christ­mas with their fam­i­lies, feel like they do.

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