Fam­ily fun day leads by a big red nose

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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