Con­cert fills kids’ bel­lies

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Rachel Can­ning

The Full Puku Project — which pro­vides meals in the week­end for chil­dren — won the staff vote for the char­ity to ben­e­fit from an up­com­ing open-air Christ­mas con­cert in the Lava Glass sculp­ture gar­den.

Lava Glass owner Christine Robb said they wanted to give to a lo­cal char­ity and The Full Puku Project was a good fit.

“They make 50 to 100 meals a week, and will use the money to put to­gether ham­pers for lo­cal fam­i­lies who may strug­gle through the Christ­mas pe­riod,” says Christine.

She says the char­ity’s main fo­cus is to pro­vide food for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, mak­ing sure they get nu­tri­tion.

“The team at The Full Puku Project sets up meal sta­tions in se­lected ar­eas at cer­tain times dur­ing week­ends, and the kids come and col­lect a meal.” She is par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the judge­ment-free pol­icy, where the kids re­ceiv­ing the food are not judged in any way.

“I also like the fact that they act in com­pli­ance with health and safety stan­dards to en­sure the food they serve is safe for the kids. As cafe´ own­ers our­selves, we know how im­por­tant this is.”

The con­cert will fea­ture young Taupo¯ mu­si­cian Michaela Poin­ton, and Christine says the singer­song­writer will de­light the au­di­ence with her cheer­ful reper­toire of cover and orig­i­nal songs.

Glass blower Chris Jones and glass blower and co-owner Lyn­den Over have both made pieces for the con­cert to be raf­fled off.

“Lyn­den and Chris have made a gor­geous pieces of glass art and the money raised from the raf­fle tick­ets will go di­rectly to The Full Puku Project.”

The Lava Glass Sculp­ture Gar­den fea­tures more than 600 hand­crafted glass sculp­tures.

Lyn­den says they are proud to be sup­port­ing lo­cal char­i­ties es­pe­cially at Christ­mas.

“We know there are fam­i­lies who need a lit­tle help­ing hand at Christ­mas,” says Lyn­den.

Ad­mis­sion to the con­cert is $20 per per­son with $10 per ticket go­ing di­rectly to The Full Puku Project.

The ad­mis­sion fee in­cludes a snack box, with sweet and savoury treats to be eaten in the gar­den while en­joy­ing the Christ­mas cheer.

■ The Lava Glass char­ity con­cert will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9. Tick­ets are $20 avail­able at the door. Lava Glass Gallery is at 165 SH5, Wairakei, Taupo¯.

Photo / Su­sana Buck­ton

Songstress Michaela Poin­ton will fea­ture at an open-air char­ity Christ­mas con­cert at Lava Glass Sculp­ture Gar­den.

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