Children attending Whangarei Childcare Centre in Porowini Ave will be better protected from the harmful rays of the sun, thanks to the donation of 30 bucket hats by a nationwide freight transport company.

Centre manager Catherine Macpherson contacted an old friend Tony Martin, now based in Christchurch, to ask if Mainfreight could help out an early childhood centre as they did with more senior level schools around the country.

Mr Martin then contacted his colleague Jason Morgan, manager of Mainfreight Whangarei.
Mainfreight is a 'Duffy Books in School' sponsor of several schools in Northland and was more than happy to help out Whangarei Childcare Centre, Ms Macpherson said.

As a not for profit organisation, any profit made is returned back into the centre for the benefit of the children.

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Whangarei Childcare Centre, which was established in 1975, has arguably one of the best playgrounds in the CBD, Ms Macpherson said. The facility is behind the Northland Club in Porowini Avenue.

"The kids love playing outside on our grassy lawn with big trees and are really excited to have 'cool' new hats to keep them 'sun smart' this summer," she said. "Big thanks to Mainfreight for taking care of our little people."