YMCA brings Christ­mas cheer

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Christ­mas will come a lit­tle early for three lucky peo­ple as a part of Toko­roa YMCA’s new project. This year 20-year-old Jer­reau Tonge has worked with the YMCA to bring Christ­mas cheer to the dis­trict.

South Waikato res­i­dents can nom­i­nate some­one to be ‘‘am­bushed’’ for the Christ­mas Cheer Project.

Three nom­i­nees will be show­ered with gifts and the YMCA crew will also do ran­dom acts of kind­ness over De­cem­ber 11 and 12.

Tonge hoped the ini­tia­tive will bring out more smiles.

‘‘Christ­mas wasn’t as fun as it used to be. We see it around the Who they are Why they de­serve to be am­bushed (50 words max)

Five cool things to know about this per­son or things that in­ter- com­mu­nity, peo­ple are stressed out.’’

The Toko­roa boy at heart is in his first year of univer­sity and he came up with the idea ear­lier this year. He was in­spired from a cam­paign launched by Cad­bury last year. As well as the Christ­mas cheer project Tonge is part of a Youth Foun­da­tion Fund to be launched next est them (50 words max)

Write about your ex­pe­ri­ence with this per­son and why you have nom­i­nated them ( 100 words max) In­clude your con­tact de­tails You can en­ter at the YMCA Bridge St of­fice, Toko­roa. year. Prof­its from a ball held in Novem­ber will be the start of the en­dow­ment fund.

And the ball has al­ready been deemed popular in the com­mu­nity, he said.

‘‘We’ve booked 20 ta­bles. That was our first plan. Now we’re ex­tend­ing it to 28, a lot of peo­ple are get­ting ex­cited and book­ing.’’

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