Cel­e­brat­ing lit­tle su­per he­roes Bloom­ing amaz­ing

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH news@coastal­news.co.nz

Kelly Hunt says she’s cel­e­brat­ing lit­tle su­per he­roes — but her cape cru­sad­ing char­ity is a heroic feat of the heart.

Her busi­ness Kids Capers was started a year ago as a way to give strength, courage and hope to chil­dren who have a dis­abil­ity, ill­ness “or who just need to feel amaz­ing”.

Kelly sews su­per hero capes and uses all the prof­its to make more capes and send them to nom­i­nated chil­dren through her web­site Kid­sca­per­snz.

“I saw the joy my capes could bring, so that’s what we’re here for. My wish is that our capes give these de­serv­ing kids an ex­tra boost and make them feel like the su­per he­roes they are.

“You can nom­i­nate a child to re­ceive a free su­per hero cape, or you can buy one or do­nate di­rectly to the Lit­tle He­roes Foun­da­tion through the web­site.”

She and hus­band Sheridan drove from Auck­land to spend their Satur­day in Whanga­mata¯ at the Lions Craft Mar­ket on Satur­day. She says it was the best mar­ket they’ve ever done.

A cou­ple of years ago Kelly couldn’t even sew, but she had a go at mak­ing a cape for her two chil­dren and friends re­quested them. She got busy mak­ing capes on her 100-year-old singer sew­ing ma­chine passed down from hus­band Sheridan’s grand­mother.

“A cape for a child can brighten their day for hours.”

The cou­ple said they en­joyed the mar­ket day — which uses prof­its for char­i­ta­ble pur­poses — and talked to lo­cals and vis­i­tors about what they do. Mar­ket or­gan­iser John Hare says more than $100,000 from the mar­ket has been do­nated to the com­mu­nity over the years.

Peo­ple can sup­port Kids Capers by do­nat­ing good qual­ity ma­te­ri­als such as satin bed­sheets, which Kelly says is the big­gest cost in­volved, and any­one will­ing to do some sew­ing would also be wel­comed.

PHOTO / ALI­SON SMITH

Kelly Hunt and her hus­band Sheridan at the Whanga­mata¯ Lions Craft Mar­ket on Satur­day.

A whop­ping $5000 was raised by Whanga­mata Lions Club from daf­fodils grown lo­cally and sold around town dur­ing a re­cent cam­paign. Project con­vener Pau­lene Rollo says the Lions wanted to thank the peo­ple of Whanga­mata, farm own­ers Ben and Ni­cole Har­ris, Whanga­mata busi­ness own­ers and all the clubs that sup­ported the sales of the Lions club daf­fodils for the 2018 sea­son. The $5000 raised will be for­warded to the Can­cer So­ci­ety Lions Lodge in Hamil­ton.

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