Artwork raffle for KidsCan
The latest school craze is being used to raise funds for children with cancer.
Porirua Rotaract has partnered with three Porirua schools and KidsCan to use loom bands – colourful rubber bands – to make a piece of art to be raffled.
Rotaract member Tani Cui said she hoped the raffle would raise up to a $1000 for the charity.
‘‘Loom bands are all the rage, so we thought we could use loom bands to create an artwork that we could raffle.
‘‘We thought what better way to do it than to interact with things that kids love,’’ she said.
Cannons Creek School pupil Glorya Nansen, 11, was part of the class who made 90 per cent of the loom bands.
She said she enjoyed using the different colours, but it took a lot of concentration.
‘‘We are doing something good,’’ Glorya said.
Maraeroa School and Plimmerton School were also involved in the project.
Seventy packets of loom bands were used and the schoolchildren kept the leftovers as a reward.
The children did not know what the bands would be turned into.
‘‘It was a bit of a surprise for them. They thought they were just making bracelets or chains but we turned it into an artwork,’’ Cui said.
The flower in the piece represented Maraeroa School and the eel Cannons Creek School.
Raffle tickets are available from loomsforkidscan.org.nz for $2.
The artwork is displayed at Pataka. The raffle will be drawn there at noon on November 3.
Glorya Nansen, 11, left, and Kyeria Kie-Nafatali, 9, helped make loom bands for charity.