The Pau­ata­hanui School Santa strikes again

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ol­lie Robin­son went one bet­ter this year.

The Whitby 11-year-old col­lected more than 200 presents for the Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal in 2012. This time around, he chal­lenged his fel­low pupils at Pau­ata­hanui School to get in on the act, gath­er­ing toys, books and games for those less for­tu­nate.

When the Porirua Fire Ser­vice and Kmart’s Greg Moller came to col­lect the presents last week, there was barely enough room in the fire truck to take all the gifts — more than 400 of them.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi called Ol­lie ‘‘ an in­spi­ra­tion’’ and prin­ci­pal Arthur Von Sturmer said it had been a ‘‘tremen­dous’’ fort­night as the classes raced to outdo each other.

The win­ners were the pupils in room 2, who brought in 102 presents by the dead­line. They won din­ing vouch­ers from the Co-Op in Whitby.

Ol­lie said he wasn’t ex­pect­ing so many presents. The phi­los­o­phy be­hind his ef­forts was a sim­ple one, he said.

‘‘New Zealand is a gen­er­ous coun­try and we need to stay like that. It shouldn’t be ev­ery man for him­self.

‘‘We have to teach gen­eros­ity through the kids.’’

Mr Moller said the gen­eros­ity of spirit from Porirua res­i­dents at this time of year made his job as Kmart’s Wish­ing Tree or­gan­iser an en­joy­able one.

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