Family fun day leads by a big red nose
When it comes to championing sick kids, Palmerston North has always been particularly generous.
Last year, the local Cure Kids Red Nose Day raised just over $10,600.
Red Nose Day organiser Laurel Winiata is hoping for a fine day on Saturday to optimise fundraising for the charity during the annual family fun event.
There has been a change or two since last year’s free familyfriendly occasion.
Red Nose Day with its stalls and entertainment took place in August at the Ashhurst Domain alongside the associated sponsored Red Walk.
This year, while the Red Walk still took place in August, the family Fun Day jumped a few months and changed its location to the events quadrant of The Square, where it takes place on Saturday between 11am and 3pm.
‘‘We’ve got entertainment from bands Quiet Storm and Stretch, and from the Dean McKerras dancers.
‘‘There’s the Bubble Ball zorbs, and Cable Price are bringing their Gerald the Giraffe digger with the plastic floating balls so kids can test their digger and co-ordination skills,’’ Winiata said.
Stalls operated by the Kind Hearts Movement, First Steps Educare, Avis and Computer Care will be promoting family activities in return for gold coin donations. Adding to the fun are rides, sausage sizzles, facepainting, a Fire Service fire truck, and Red Nose merchandise.
Bethany’s on The Square will be donating 10 per cent of its cof- fee sales to Cure Kids, while the Cure Kids ambassadors and the Stewart Rovers crew will be out with their buckets collecting for the cause.
‘‘Cure Kids funds vital medical research into childhood illnesses such as asthma, type-1 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, heart conditions, cancers, and burns - and relies pretty much on the help of generous New Zealanders,’’ Winiata said.
Cure Kids doesn’t qualify for any government funding.
Sir Peter Gluckman, now chief science adviser to the Prime Minster, has been among its many research luminaries.
The national organisation was set up originally as the Child Health Research Foundation by Rotary in 1971 so children could enjoy a healthy childhood.
Finn Sharkey-Burns, Lily Sharkey-Burns, Riley Winiata, Quinn Hautapu, Emily Buick-Constable and Tai Te Awa during last year’s Red Nose Day.