Event show­cases chil­dren’s tal­ents

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU

For months Firth Pri­mary School’s choir has been singing up a storm un­der the guid­ance of Les­ley John­ston, in prepa­ra­tion for their in­volve­ment in the show: Ev­ery­thing is Ka Pai – Kids for Kids.

Along with a num­ber of other Waikato schools, the choir per­formed at Founders Theatre in Hamil­ton last Wed­nes­day with Nathan King and Funky Mon­key Chris Lam Sam in front of a packed out au­di­ence.

Stu­dent Ge­or­gia Pearce played in the ukulele group on stage and the au­di­ence was en­cour­aged to sing along to the clas­sic 10 Gui­tars.

Prin­ci­pal James Eldridge said the chil­dren would have life­long mem­o­ries of their ex­pe­ri­ence and thanked Mrs John­ston for her hard work.

Nathan King, for­mer front man of chart top­ping band Zed, said he had at­tended a num­ber of the Kids for Kids shows over the last few years and was in­spired by the tal­ent, en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy of the school chil­dren in­volved in the show. ‘‘It’s such a great op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to learn some of our most well- loved Kiwi songs and to en­joy mak­ing mu­sic at the same time as mak­ing new friends,’’ he said.

‘‘As an ambassador of World Vi­sion, I’ve seen first­hand the in­cred­i­ble work that World Vi­sion does in pover­tys­tricken coun­tries and it’s absolutely heartwrench­ing to see chil­dren in cri­sis but, through the Kids for Kids event, Ki­wis can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

Kids for Kids is one of World Vi­sion’s ma­jor an­nual fundraisers in New Zealand.

World Vi­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Clarke said since the first Kids for Kids shows were held, more than 250,000 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents had en­joyed be­ing part of a mass choir per­form­ing in front of au­di­ences in New Zealand.

‘‘The events also pro- vide an op­por­tu­nity for Kiwi kids, their fam­i­lies and school com­mu­ni­ties to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren around the globe and are an op­por­tu­nity for World Vi­sion to talk about the in­cred­i­ble ef­forts made pos­si­ble through child spon­sor­ship.’’

Since 1996, Kids for Kids has spon­sored 5296 chil­dren be­ing through the shows, equat­ing to $8.3 mil­lion raised by spon­sor­ship.

Kids for Kids: The choir from Firth Pri­mary School per­formed at the Ev­ery­thing is Ka Pai – Kids for Kids show. mata­mata.edi­tor @wrcn.co.nz

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