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Santa comes early for special children

NICOLA RUSSELL
Last updated 15:41 17/12/2011

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Santa came early to thousands of children at the Special Children's Christmas Party in Auckland today.

Prime Minister John Key attended the party at ASB Showgrounds for children who are terminally ill, have special physical or intellectual needs or come from severely underprivileged circumstances.

Spokesman for the Special Children's Christmas Party group, Mark Wikstrom said the showgrounds was host to about 4000 people.

Each child at the party would visit Santa's grotto and receive a high quality gift.

''Every child will leave here having had heaps of food, heaps of toys and big smiles on their faces,'' he said.

The showgrounds was full of children's activities, cartoon characters, pets, music and food.

The local SPCA was in attendance with plenty of furry friends and the stage featured three and a half hours of entertainment including a band fronted by Jason Fafoi, ex-What Now host and member of band, Stereobus.

The annual Christmas event is organised in association with the Cancer Society and Variety with sponsorship from local businesses.

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