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Winter Swim - cool contribution to charity appeal

24 June 2004

Winter Swim - cool contribution to charity appeal

Auckland City is issuing a challenge to all Aucklanders to “brave the cold” at the Winter Swim on Sunday 4 July to help those in need.

Sarah Fairhead, Auckland City event organiser, says: “There has been a lot of coverage on the plight of the homeless in our community in recent weeks. This event, which directly benefits the Auckland City Mission’s Winter Appeal, is a fun and practical way all of us can show that Auckland is a city with heart. It’s open to anyone and everyone – young and old, mums and dads, friends, workmates, celebrities, and media.

“Auckland City is really behind this – we have a number of staff already entered. You can make a difference in the life of someone else. This is your chance – get involved and let’s showcase the generosity that we’re famous for ”, says Ms Fairhead.

There are a number of ways you can lend your support to the appeal: bring your kids along to the Bell Tea Beach Dig at 10am brave the icy waters for the Swim (no entry fee) at 10.15am get a team together for the Wacky Kayak relay race ($20 registration fee) at 10.20am bring along a can of food to donate or simply make a gold coin donation.

Diane Robertson, from Auckland City Mission, says that food parcel demand is at a three year high, indicating that their homeless family clients are in crisis right now.

“Events like this are great fun and make it possible for us to address these very serious issues that confront our clients during winter. Issues like keeping warm and dry and having enough money to buy food and keep up with increased bills", says Ms Robertson.

To register for the Swim or the Wacky Kayak Race before the day call (09) 370 2020, or you can register at 9.30am on the day.

For more information check out www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/winterswim.

ENDS

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