Young artists make a mark


A char­ity that funds low decile schools to visit Welling­ton Zoo, has funded Po­mare School to il­lus­trate a book writ­ten by Geral­dine Bro­phy.

Dare2dis­cover was es­tab­lished in 2013 af­ter a group of women at­tended a sem­i­nar on child poverty in the Hutt Val­ley run by Save the Chil­dren.

Trustee Sue Avi­son said she was shocked to find out how poverty ‘‘shrinks’’ the world for chil­dren.

‘‘I was gob­s­macked to think that some kids have not been three kilo­me­tres past their front door.’’

The busi­ness writer teamed up with Erin Cas­sidy, Joy McIn­tosh and Les­ley Grant-Black to form dare2dis­cover. One of their first projects was to fund Po­mare pupils to visit the zoo.

‘‘The feed­back from the chil­dren was that it was the best day they had ever had. You think that all kids have been to the zoo but they have not.’’

The ex­pe­ri­ence made the the trustees think about other ex­pe­ri­ences the chil­dren could have. That led to them part­ner­ing with Po­mare School to il­lus­trate an en­vi­ron­men­tal fairy­tale, Snow Bright and the Frozen Waste, writ­ten by Geral­dine Bro­phy.

The story is set in Taita and its mes­sage is about the need to take care of our en­vi­ron­ment.

The idea for a book came from a theatre pro­duc­tion of the same name writ­ten by Bro­phy. The play was staged in 2015 at the Lit­tle Theatre in Lower Hutt.

‘‘Af­ter see­ing the show and the de­light on the chil­dren’s faces, I had a chat with Geral­dine and we de­cided that the story would make a great chil­dren’s book,’’ Avi­son said. ‘‘We also felt it was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to in­volve some stu­dents with the il­lus­tra­tions.’’ Po­mare School prin­ci­pal Ka­t­rina Day liked the idea and the project took off from there.

‘‘For a lit­tle school, be­ing part of this project has great mana,’’ Day said. ‘‘It fits our val­ues of per­se­ver­ance, re­spon­si­bil­ity, in­tegrity, di­ver­sity and em­pa­thy.’’

Dr Han­nah McKen­zie Doorne­bosch tu­tored the stu­dents and helped them pre­pare the art­work.

Some fund­ing is still re­quired to com­plete the book, which they aim to trans­late into Te Reo. They hope to have it pub­lished in time for Christ­mas.

Po­mare School stu­dents have il­lus­trated an en­vi­ron­men­tal fairy­tale, Snow Bright and the Frozen Waste, writ­ten by Geral­dine Bro­phy, inset. Left, Han­nah McKen­zie Doorne­bosch has helped the chil­dren with the work.

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