Students do bit for festive cheer appeal


Over the past few days several schools in the Bay have emerged to do their bit for the annual Christmas Cheer Appeal.

And the generosity of the students of Karamu High School, Lindisfarne and Hereworth School has pushed the cash fund well past the $2000 mark as well as boosting the food pile.

Karamu High School raised $700 as the result of a mufti day - but with a slight difference.

Principal Martin O'Grady said instead of collecting contributions on mufti day like normal, they set a dollar target to aim for and once it was reached the students were rewarded with a mufti day.

"The mufti day was earned, rather than the other way round," he said.

Kezia Taylor, who presented the check along with fellow Year 10 students Josh Burlace, Harry Smith and Maia Wati-Cooper, said raising the cash wasn't difficult.

"Everyone gave really generously.

"We reached our target on Thursday then we got the mufti day on Friday."

About 300 junior students were involved, with the different houses competing to raise the most money.

Kaweka House took the honours raising $169.

Great generosity also from Lindisfarne College where there was an appeal campaign for foodstuffs.

Students, their families and staff all pitched in and the result was a trailer-load of goodies which school chaplain Warren Fortune and a group of student were delighted to deliver to the Hastings appeal HQ.

Hereworth School completed the trifecta of students, staff and families doing their bit for the appeal by donating $230.

Bay businesses and individuals have also been getting in behind the appeal on the cash front, while the gift piles under the trees in the Napier and Hastings offices of Hawke's Bay Today are slowly starting to appear.

A lady who has knitted dolls for past appeals arrived with a couple of bags of colourful additions to this year's appeal, while McDonald's Hastings and Taradale have sent in vouchers.

Gifts and goodies, and they don't have to be large and expensive, for people of all ages, are needed.

Last year the volunteers charged with putting parcels together for the less fortunate brought smiles to faces in hundreds of Bay households.

The appeal will run through until December 22 with drop-off points for gifts and non-perishable foods at Hawke's Bay Today's Napier and Hastings offices, the Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere libraries, NCC Community Development in the Napier Library building, Paper Plus in Taradale, Toy World in Napier and Classic Hits Radio Station in Napier. There are three accounts for cash donations - specify if you wish to donate to the Napier, Hastings or Hawke's Bay (combined) account.

Cash DonationsPreviously acknowledged $1334

Karamu High School $700

Hereworth School $230

Telfer Young (HB) Ltd $100

Sheryl Reed $40

Kura Stainton $10

Total $2414

- Hawkes Bay Today

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