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6 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, December 9, 2013 www.times.co.nz 124670 Don't leave it oo late to get ur car safe for he Christmas holidays! HoA BEAUREPAIRES HOWICK winner of the Howick Courtesy Award 2011 & 2012 33 Wellington St Howick 534 4975 WINZ Quotes Welcome HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick Howick It is the season of giving to young needy families By MARIANNE KELLY RATHER than giving to their own, a group of primary schoolchildren are collect- ing gifts for less fortunate peers in neighbouring communities. Howick Primary School pupils are driving a project to collect gifts for a “wishing tree” they’ve installed in reception. It is part of the national Kmart Wishing Tree appeal, now in its 19th year. The retail company operates the campaign in conjunction with the Salvation Army, which distrib- utes the presents. It’s hoped more than 40,000 gifts will be gathered nationally in the weeks to Decem- ber 24. And while the south-east’s Kmart store in Botany has a strong wishing tree campaign under way, the Howick primary kids have opted to donate their gifts to the appeal at the company’s Manukau store. “We’re a decile eight school,” says Deborah Gosnell, Howick Primary’s deputy principal. “For us it’s important to look at neigh- bouring communities and make it a real give back. “Manukau families are in a dif- ferent situation. We know the sta- tistics, and as educators this is a chance to give back to the broader community. We wanted to go out- side our community.” Kmart Manukau manager Leone Van Niekerk says many families in the store’s catchment are under pressure. “These gifts go back into the Manukau community. We can only give back to our families and this is kids giving back to kids. Having the kids jump on board feels so good.” The partnership between How- ick Primary and Kmart Manukau started last Christmas, when the school choir and ukelele group performed at the launch of the 2012 Wishing Tree at the store. They returned to this year’s November 14 launch, but decided to take the project a step further. “They’re now actively involved in the next step. “The ethos is about giving back and partnering with the Manukau store,” says Ms Gosnell. “The message is service before self, especially in the lead-up to Christmas.” Teacher Cherie Lister says children in her class have taken ownership of the project, creating posters placed around the school and working on other ways of tell- ing the story behind the appeal. A small group of wishing tree leaders is driving the project, led by 10-year-old Karen Shao, who by November 28 had contributed 109 of the 170 gifts collected. Ms Gosnell says Karen is setting an example in the school, asking friends and families for contribu- tions and bringing the presents in specially-made Christmas bags. Some parents, she says, are ask- ing the children to do jobs so they earn the money to buy gifts for the wishing tree. “There’s an element of fami- lies teaching their children to give back,” she says. “It’s families thinking about other families.” Ms Van Niekerk says she’s “blown away by the gift collec- tion”, describing Karen’s contribu- tion as “above and beyond”. All contributors are being entered in a draw to win a tablet, to be presented at the school’s December 12 assembly. People wanting to support the ■ Kmart Manukau appeal are in- vited to choose a gift suitable for the recipient’s gender and age and place it under the tree at the store in Lambie Drive, Manukau; or they can drop off presents at Howick Primary in Willoughby Avenue. People can also make cash dona- tions in the boxes at the store’s registers, which will be converted into Kmart gift cards and distrib- uted to families in need. It welcomes gifts purchased from any retailer, not just Kmarts. COLLECTING GIFTS: Howick Primary School's Wishing Tree leaders, front from left, Robyn Erasmus (10), Jaime Elliott (11), Beth Cutler (11), Kelly Zhu (11) and Karen Shao (10). At rear, from left, Cherie Lister, teacher; Leone Van Niekerk, Kmart Manukau store manager; Deborah Gosnell, deputy principal; Mary Smol, teacher. Times photo Wayne Martin Households that sparkle this Xmas ENTER the festive spirit and join Star Real Estate – The Profession- als, and the Times for the 2013 Christmas Lights Spectacular. Bringing Howick, Pakuranga and Botany communities together, enhancing neighbourhood spirit, spreading seasonal cheer and lighting up the yuletide season are all part of The Professionals’ Christmas Lights. Illuminate your house or front garden and ﬁll out an application form from Star Real Estate Ltd, 110 Ridge Road, Howick, or from the Times ofﬁce at 50 Stonedon Drive, East Tamaki. Not only will people in our communities enjoy your home’s lights display, you could also win a hamper that’s full of Christmas goodies. All entries have to be in by December 13 and will be placed in the prize draw. The winning entry will be drawn by Gavin Hamilton, the Howick branch manager of Star Real Estate, on December 20, and results will be published in the Times. Trail of Lights: Botany: 2/6 Kookaburra Place, 12 Pinewood Grove. Dannemora: 10 Aclare Place, 9 Sayes Close, 37 Santa Ana Drive. Golﬂands: 4 Cortabella Place, 22 Simon Owen Place. Pakuranga: 15 Okareka Place.
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