Freemasons make kids feel special
The Christmas spirit is alive and well thanks to people brightening the festive season for sick Counties Manukau kids.
Freemasons from around Auckland gathered at several child and youth facilities and decked the halls with decorations and trees.
Freemason teams beautified the Multi Agency Centre, Whirinaki in East Tamaki, Clendon Kidz First Community Office, Kidz First Children's Hospital, Kidz First Neonatal Unit and Kidz First Emergency Care at Middlemore.
Among the decorations were festively embellished stockings and Santa's made by students at Point View School.
Two days later the good Samaritans hosted a Freemasons Christmas party for patients and their families at Kidz First Children's Hospital.
The afternoon was enjoyed by many sick children, their siblings and caregivers.
The appearance of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Trixie the Fairy and most importantly Santa Claus was met with smiles of delight.
Entertainment was by Pakuranga College student and singer Niklas Hansen and magician Matt Chalk of Sancta Maria College.
"This is cool," says Elliot Crimp, 3, who although presently in a wheelchair, had a great time.
Pam Tregonning from Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation says the Freemasons have given five years of Christmas cheer.
"It's stressful any time of year when a child is admitted to hospital, or has to be under care . . . but especially difficult when Christmas hits.
"The Freemasons of Auckland realise this and band together to show love and care to those who need it most," she says. "We are all extremely grateful for what they do year after year because it makes a huge difference and sick children enjoy their stay a little more."