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Concert helps Kavanna take trip

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014
Kavanna Jade
George Gardner
FOUR GENERATIONS: Front: Kavanna Jade,14 (right), and sister Piper, 10 (left). Back, from left: Mum Carolyn Ogg with grandparents Greg Ogg and Katrina Keane. Middle row: Great-grandparents Veronica and Thomas Ogg.

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The result of six hours of non-stop fundraising entertainment is helping one special teen look forward to a trip to remember.

Saturday's Music Box fundraiser at The Bay, Matiatia, raised $3600 and attracted around 100 people, including four generations of 14-year-old Kavanna Jade's family.

Kavanna Jade has suppurative lung disease and chronic obstructive asthma which is life-threatening.

She has been granted the chance of fulfilling a dream - to fly on a plane - by Make-A- Wish.

The charity is paying for her to take a trip to the Gold Coast in May.

But proceeds from Music Box will help the family make the holiday even more special.

The funds will also enable the family to cope better with high ongoing costs associated with Kavanna Jade's trips to hospital.

Her mum, Carolyn Ogg, says it was an awesome day.

"The weather was amazing, the acts were amazing and everyone really enjoyed it."

She says it couldn't have been done without all the performers, sponsors, MC Mike Gray, The Bay, and the organising committee.

"Kavanna had a great day and really enjoyed being involved.

"All the acts donated their time for free and are willing to come back and do it again another time, which is fabulous."

MAKE-A-WISH

The charity grants the special wishes of children aged 3 to 17 with life-threatening medical conditions to bring them hope, strength and joy at a difficult time in their lives.

Make-A-Wish grants more than 200 wishes a year and relies on donations generated at public events like Pasifika.

The Pasifika Festival, sponsored by Fairfax Media, raised $20,000 for Make-A-Wish this year.

Visit makeawish.org.nz to find out more.

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