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Cops and pups support Cure Kids

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 15/08/2012
Liam Pham and Cherokee Sagisagi
SIMON SMITH
SERIOUS CAUSE: Cure Kids ambassador Cherokee Sagisagi of Otara who lives with an inoperable brain tumour, 3 mth old Harvey the German shephard, and Constable Liam Pham.

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Police took a little time out from catching criminals to wear red noses and help the cause of Cure Kids.

More than a dozen officers from Ormiston station posed for photos with police puppies and representatives from the children's charity and their supporters on August 8.

Cure Kids chief executive Vicki Lee says about one child in 30 lives with a life-threatening illness or genetic malformation.

"We are delighted our wonderful police officers are getting behind this and showing support for improving the health of Kiwi kids, through research and its outcomes."

The charity is gearing up for this year's appeal, Red Nose Day to Cure Kids, on August 24, when a comedic television event will be shown on TV3 from 7.30pm.

The evening will star a number of comedians, including the world-famous Flight of the Conchords who have written a song especially for the day.

The officers at Ormiston police station got involved after Cure Kids partner Paper Plus approached them for help.

Company marketing manager Lyle Hastings says it is great to see them supporting sick children and their families.

"We are thrilled to be able to drum up support from other organisations such as the New Zealand police," he says.

Cure Kids has invested $29 million since 1989, and is funding research into illnesses such as congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, leukaemia and asthma.

To donate go to the website curekids.org.nz or phone 0800 CUREKIDS.

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- Eastern Courier

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