Gifts for sick kids
Children in long-term care at Palmerston North Hospital are to get an extra cheer-up courtesy of five senior Awatapu College students.
Janae Brown, Jodie Evans, Helen Liu, Ivy Nacion and Teuila Nosa, all year 12, spent more than four months raising $1500 to provide 100 patient activity packs for the children’s ward. Fifty of the packs are targeted at teens and the other half at children.
On Friday they presented the colouring and reading material to children’s ward staff for distribution to patients whose hospital stay is prolonged.
The gift had its origins in a Massey University Young Women In Leadership course the five young women attended in February.
The workshop challenged them to design and complete a community project.
‘‘We had to come up with an idea in support of the community, and we all wanted to do something for children,’’ Teuila said.
Charge nurse Tracy Stone said the girls involved hospital staff from the beginning, finding out what was needed before proceeding with the project.
The first recipient of a pack was Tama Smith, 6, just out of the operating theatre.
‘‘This is going to be so appreci- ated by the kids here,’’ Stone said.
Calling themselves the Children’s Ward Fun Raisers, the girls earned the money through school bake sales and opened a Givealittle page.
‘‘The school council contributed from mufti days and we also received $155 in anony- mous donations,’’ Teuila said.
Helen praised the way the whole school supported their endeavour by baking, donating and buying cakes.
‘‘Awatapu is open to starting groups like this,’’ she said.
The $1500 target was reached when the Palmerston North Youth Council chimed in with $854.
The next stop was to negotiate a deal with Whitcoulls.
‘‘They were on board with the idea and gave us a very, very good price,’’ Teuila said. ‘‘They were awesome.’’ Teacher Angela Povey said the girls came up with all the ideas and solved all the problems.
‘‘Anything I suggested, they’d already thought of. They’ve just been so good.’’
The five were hoping their experience would inspire next year’s crop of ‘‘young leaders’’ at Awatapu.
Awatapu’s Young Women In Leadership alumni and Children’s Ward Fun Raisers Helen Liu, Ivy Nacion, Janaeand Teuila Nosa present a stationary pack to Tama Smith, 6, in Palmerston North Hospital’s children’s ward.