Kids helped to take pride in their community

16:00, Dec 05 2013
Our Children, Our Community
PARTY TIME: Last year’s Our Children Our Community event was a hit.

Children living in poverty on the North Shore are missing out on funding in favour of west and south Auckland, say a couple determined to help.

While juggling fulltime jobs and their wedding, Max Shin and Tina Hwang have organised the Our Children Our Community event for a second year at Birkdale Intermediate.

About 100 children from five low decile primary schools have been invited to a special day designed to inspire the children and help them take pride in their community.

Mrs Hwang says they want to replicate the event throughout Auckland.

"We believe that if we are able to plant the smallest seed in even one child to dream big or do something worthy, we have achieved our purpose."

A policeman, volunteer firefighters and an entertainer visited the children in last year's event, who received goodie bags, pizza, drinks and won prizes in games.

The children are asked to draw or paint about the community means to them or what they want to be when they grow up in an art competition.

Mrs Hwang, a lawyer, says they have been very lucky to have support from her firm, the firm's clients and contacts, family and friends.

Our Children Our Community is on December 7.

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