Ali Mau's Christmas donation

18:15, Dec 17 2012
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The scene at the Hobsonville Point Secondary School construction site where three men where killed.
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A police checkpoint at the Hobsonville cordon.
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A security guard at the cordon of a Hobsonville construction site.
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The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
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The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
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The Hobsonville construction site which bore the brunt of the tornado.
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Rescue crews recover the bodies of three men the day after they were killed in a tornado.
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Debbie Booty hid in a wardrobe at her house in Wallingford Way, Hobsonville, when the tornado hit.
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Desiree Morgan, left, with daughters Izzy and Grace, and Huia Midgely receive milk supplies from across the cordon.
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John Key arrives in Hobsonville to survey the damage caused by the tornado.
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The wrecked frame of a truck that was crushed by a concrete slab during the Hobsonville tornado.
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Phil Goff, David Cunliffe and David Shearer survey the damage in Hobsonville.
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Red Cross workers Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Emergency service personnel talk to residents hit by the tornado.
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Red Cross workers prepare to meet residents affected by the tornado.
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A resident in Carnegie Cres, Hobsonville, fixes a window smashed in the tornado.
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Investigators survey the construction site where three men died in the tornado.

The Hobsonville tornado might have tried to steal Christmas from local families, but Fair Go presenter Ali Mau is determined no child in the area will go without a present this year.

She and fiancée Karleen Edmonds have organised a charity drive for gifts to be donated to affected families.

The pair were touched by an interview they saw online about a woman who had set up a Christmas tree to surprise her children. The tornado had done its damage before they got home, however.

"Karleen and I saw an interview with Claudine Gilles, a local who had just put up her Christmas tree that morning as a surprise for her kids, and was now standing in ankle deep water with rain pouring in through her ceiling," Mau said.

"It occurred to us that even if every family was fully insured they'd never get things sorted by Christmas Day, and there'd be many families for whom Christmas Day would not be a very happy one."

Edmonds gauged interest for present donations via Twitter last week and found plenty of public support.

"It's about making sure that the kids out there have got something to open on Christmas morning."  
Civil Defence have helped by identifying the families most affected and their children's ages. Auckland City Mission will help distribute the gifts to those in need.

Today from 3pm to 6pm, Mau and Edmonds will be manning a present donation station at the Auckland Sailing Club, 30 Tamaki Dr, Orakei. Presents are preferred unwrapped.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Fair Go presenter Ali Mau and her fiancee Karleen Edmonds will collect gifts for children affected by the tornado.

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