Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Prime Minister happy to clown around

Media Release
20 January 2011

Prime Minister happy to clown around with Camp Quality youngsters at Auckland/Northland Summer Camp

Prime Minister John Key put a smile on the faces of 85 children living with cancer at the Camp Quality Auckland/Northland Summer Camp at Wesley College, Paerata recently.

Camp Quality is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children living with cancer. It provides week-long summer camps for youngsters aged 5-16, as well as year long support for the children and their families.


Click for big version

The Prime Minister spent almost two hours at the Auckland/Northland Camp talking with the youngsters, posing for photographs and engaging with the campers. Nothing seemed off limits for the Prime Minister during his visit to the summer camp, even getting into a clown suit, he was happy to play the part.

Camp Quality NZ Chairman Ivan Lawson also at the camp on the day of the Prime Minister’s visit says he proved a “big hit with all the youngsters. His involvement with the campers bought endless smiles and laughter and the children were still buzzing long after he left. We were thrilled to have Mr Key join us at our Auckland/Northland Summer Camp and have the opportunity to learn more about Camp Quality.”

The first New Zealand camp was held in West Auckland in January 1985 and attracted 22 youngsters from throughout New Zealand. Now around 300 youngsters attend one of five regional summer camps nationwide with more than 750 volunteers, helping to make the camps a safe and fun environment.

According to Child Cancer Foundation statistics, about 150 young New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer each year. Camp Quality passionately believes in the power of fun to help these children and their families overcome the challenges of living with cancer.

Caption: Prime Minister John Key clowning around with volunteers during his recent visit to Camp Quality Auckland/Northland Summer Camp.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news