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Creative children embrace the spirit of Christmas

Creative children embrace the spirit of Christmas

The Auckland City Mission Christmas Appeal has entered an exciting new phase with the unveiling of a series of billboards designed by four Auckland schools. The designs which each portray a child's perception of the spirit of Christmas were created by children from Parnell District School, Ponsonby Primary School, Stanley Bay School, Pt. Chevalier School and Hillsborough Primary School.

"With their bright colours and bold designs, the children really have done a fantastic job to help raise money for other disadvantaged children in the community" comments Ms. Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner.

“Not only have they designed the billboards, assisted with the radio, volunteered with our most successful street collection yet and created all the artwork for our print advertising”; adds Ms Robertson, “but the whole television campaign was produced with school kids in a small room and a camcorder.”

“Truly inspiring”, says Ms. Robertson. “… and the public response to the Appeal so far has been tremendous.”

These children are directly supporting the Mission to distribute over 20,000 present’s, 500 food parcels and 1200 traditional Christmas dinners to children, elderly and families who would otherwise miss out at Christmas. “To continue this work, the Mission needs to raise $600 000 this Christmas,” concludes Ms. Robertson.

Ends For further information please contact: Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner Ph 09 379 2395 or 027 481 9989

For media assistance, please contact: Charlton James, Fundraiser Ph 09 379 2395

Notes for Editors: A photo opportunity with the children who designed the billboard work and interviews with the participating schools and Ms. Robertson can be arranged through the Auckland City Mission. Digital images of the bill board designs are available. Please contact Charlton James on 09 379 2395.

About Auckland City Mission The Auckland City Mission has been working with marginalised people for over 80 years. Services include an inner-city drop-in centre, crisis care and emergency relief, an emergency food programme, drug and alcohol services, housing support, and a residential service for those living with HIV and AIDS. The Auckland City Mission's Food-Link programme also distributes food to over 75 other community support organizations from Mercer to Cape Reinga.

http://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz

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