Short­est day at­tire is sorted

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Another ‘short’ week is upon us. More ac­cu­rately it’s a ‘shorts’ week.

To­day, Wed­nes­day, June 21 is the short­est day, and Palmer­ston North busi­nesses, schools and in­di­vid­u­als have been en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter to wear shorts as part of a leggy fundrais­ing cam­paign for Aro­hanui Hospice.

Join­ing in are the cen­tral city’s three Ac­tive Ex­plor­ers child­care cen­tres - for­merly Lol­lipops Ed­u­care - on Vic­to­ria Ave, Broad­way and Grey St.

Cindy Ham­mond, sup­port man­ager for the cen­tres, was in­volved at Vic­to­ria Ave last year dur­ing the ‘Shorts for Hospice’ cam­paign, and de­cided to ex­pand the pro­mo­tion to in­volve the other two cen­tres in the group.

‘‘We are run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion, and the best dressed fam­ily photo wins a 50 per cent re­duc­tion in fees for one week. The re­main­ing 50 per cent we give to the hospice,’’ Ham­mond said.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is for our staff as well, and the win­ning staff mem­ber gets half a day off.’’

Cen­tre team leader Emma Ban­ham was re­splen­dent in shock­ing pink mi­cro ‘hot pants’ and braces, but didn’t con­sider it cheat­ing to wear leg­gings un­der­neath.

Vic­to­ria Ave man­ager Jo Haye had on the green spot­ted ‘‘dork shorts’’ over her leg­gings.

More wide than short, these are the pants any staff mem­ber who does some­thing dopey, gets to wear for the day, along with a naff dress-up wig.

Ham­mond said Shorts for Hospice had plenty of ‘legs’, and a great way to give some­thing back.

’’Chil­dren love dress­ing up and shorts are easy. We are re­ally pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing lo­cal char­ity and en­cour­ag­ing our chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to do the same.’’

The mums of Mem­phis-Rose Pae­wai and Seth Ritchie, both 4, made sure their kids had ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire sorted for the day.

Mem­phis-Rose sported a pair of shorts made from Anzac pop­pies, and Seth wore black shorts span­gled with stars.

The three Ac­tive Ex­plor­ers cen­tres would also be tak­ing a col­lec­tion for hospice, and Ham­mond hoped other busi­nesses and child­care cen­tres would get in be­hind the fun day.

Par­tic­i­pants posted on the Aro­hanui Hospice Face­book page could win spot prizes while the photo with the most ‘likes’ was up to win a catered lunch.

WAR­WICK SMITH

Emma Ban­ham, Seth Ritchie, 4, Mem­phis-Rose Pae­wai, 4, and Jo Haye at Ac­tive Ex­plor­ers Vic­to­ria Ave child­care cen­tre have ‘shorted out’ for hospice on the short­est day.

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