Hosk­ing and 180 ice-creams


Me­dia per­son­al­ity Mike Hosk­ing has been praised as a ‘‘won­der­ful man’’ af­ter his ra­dio show do­nated $2000 to a Welling­ton­based char­ity and re­warded a school with a visit from Mr Whippy.

Room 9 stu­dents at St Theresa’s Catholic School nom­i­nated their school vol­un­teer Jess An­der­son and the char­ity she runs, Foster Hope, for a New­stalk ZB and ASB Good As Gold award late last month .

Af­ter be­ing se­lected for the weekly award, Hosk­ing called An­der­son to tell her the good news live on the ra­dio last month.

‘‘I was elated, I was shocked, I was just stunned,’’ An­der­son said. ’’I was very teary.’’

Although she was usu­ally too busy to lis­ten to Mike Hosk­ing’s show, Mrs An­der­son said she ap­pre­ci­ated the con­tri­bu­tion he was mak­ing.

‘‘He is a won­der­ful man if he wants to give us $2000.’’

The funds will go to­wards cre­at­ing back­packs of es­sen­tial items to give to foster kids in the Wellington re­gion.

The money was not the only gift an­nounced on Fri­day.

To the de­light of ex­cited stu­dents at St Theresa’s Catholic School a Mr Whippy truck turned up and gave away ice-creams to them all.

‘‘The sound of 180 chil­dren scream­ing was in­cred­i­ble,’’ An­der­son said.

‘‘The kids were just thrilled.’’

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