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Christmas appeal: Photobooth makes fundraising for foodbank a snap

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Anmea Hoskin with Layla and Lenny with all the proceeds of the photobooth will be donated to the Tauranga Community Food Bank appeal after the Omokoroa Pt School Christmas Fayre. Photo/George Novak
Anmea Hoskin with Layla and Lenny with all the proceeds of the photobooth will be donated to the Tauranga Community Food Bank appeal after the Omokoroa Pt School Christmas Fayre. Photo/George Novak

The Amazing Travelling Photobooth is to donate all the proceeds it makes at the Omokoroa Point School Christmas Fayre to the Tauranga Community Foodbank Christmas Appeal.

The Amazing Travelling Photobooth Tauranga and Bay of Plenty manager Anmea Hoskin said she knew the Tauranga Community Foodbank was under extra pressure in the lead-up to Christmas. "I wanted to do something for a local charity this Christmas. I thought the fayre would be a really good opportunity to support the foodbank. It's a really important cause."

The school itself also used the fayre as a way to raise money for their own cause, a World Vision sponsor child.

Mrs Hoskin said she would charge each child a gold coin donation for a photo in the photobooth where they would be able to dress up in different outfits with friends, with all the money raised being donated to the foodbank.

"The photo prints out straight away and then they get to take them home with them at the end of the day."

Anmea Hoskin is donating all the proceeds of the photobooth to the Tauranga Community Food Bank appeal after the Omokoroa Pt School Christmas Fayre. Photo/George Novak
Anmea Hoskin is donating all the proceeds of the photobooth to the Tauranga Community Food Bank appeal after the Omokoroa Pt School Christmas Fayre. Photo/George Novak

Her own children Layla, 10, and Lenny, 8, attend the school and Mrs Hoskin also went there as a child, she said.

It was important to remember organisations like the Tauranga Community Foodbank this time of year, she said.

"In the Bay of Plenty there is a lot of abundance. There are a lot of people who have a really amazing lifestyle here. Those who are less fortunate are less obvious.

"Children don't realise how many people [there are] who are really struggling. It's good to raise their awareness of those less fortunate than them."

The Katikati resident said her own family donates time at homeless shelters over the Christmas period, she said.

"Thinking about others at Christmas time is really important.

"I am from a really big family and we all help each other and come together at Christmas. But it is still hard for those less fortunate and struggling. I would like to teach my children that giving is really important and thinking about others, and not just what is in front of us."

Mrs Hoskin said she had managed the Tauranga based business for about three years.

The Omokoroa Point School Christmas Fayre would be held on December 8, from 6pm to 7.30pm. The local community was invited to attend.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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