Shortest day attire is sorted
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.
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.