Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

NZ’s Largest Christmas Gift Appeal Support Call


Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal national spokesperson Sally Ridge at the national campaign launch

MEDIA RELEASE

20 November 2001

New Zealand's largest Christmas gift appeal calls for public support

New Zealand's largest Christmas gift appeal has launched across the country, with an aim to collect more than 15,000 gifts for Kiwi's in need from now until Christmas Eve.

For information on the Wishing Tree® Appeal in your local area call tel (09) 373 3786.

The Kmart Wishing Tree* Appeal has distributed more than 50,000 on gifts to people in need over the past 7 years.

Established by Kmart, the Wishing Tree® Appeal is supported by some of New Zealand's largest welfare organisations - The Salvation Army and Barnardos.

"With thousands of New Zealander's currently living below the poverty line, the need for donations this year is greater than ever before. Each year an increasing number of people need the support of The Salvation Army at Christmas time," Salvation Army spokesperson, Don Oliver, said.

"We are desperate for Christmas gifts and we're calling on people to donate early so our supply does not run short and we can continue to distribute gifts up until Christmas Eve.

"This year we are particularly in need of toys for young children and gifts for adolescent boys aged 10 to 13 years," Mr Oliver said.

The appeal's theme is Every Gift Brings a Smile. It highlights the difference that every gift donated will make to an individual at Christmas.

The Wishing Tree® Appeal was established after a Kmart employee suggested Kmart use its network of stores to help charity groups at Christmas time.

How to participate in the appeal Gift donations

To participate in the appeal simply place a wrapped gift under the Christmas Wishing Tree® located in any Kmart store. Take a gift tag from the tree that identifies the appropriate gender and age of a suitable recipient and place it with your gift.

Gifts do not have to be purchased at Kmart - the stores simply act as co-ordination points, bringing together community resources and welfare groups to distribute gifts.

-ends-

For further information or to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact:

Kim Knight Porter Novelli

09 373 3786


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland