Kids rise to fundraising challenge

Bright colours, glitter, shapes and smiles

LISA KNIGHT
Last updated 12:00 01/08/2014
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BEADS OF SUPPORT: Lucie Langley and Emma Frith, 1, check out the beads made by Porse childcare educators and children.

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With bright colours, glitter, shapes and smiles, the children from Porse childcare spent yesterday morning making beads in support of children with cancer.

The Child Cancer Foundation has challenged people to take part in One Day for Child Cancer during July, where they spend one day raising funds for the group.

The Palmerston North branch of Porse In Home Childcare joined other branches throughout the country in taking up the challenge with a Giant Beads of Courage event at Te Manawa yesterday, raising more than $600 for the foundation.

Porse programme tutor Jordin Barber said the event was to raise cancer awareness and teach the children about the beads that child cancer patients receive each time they have treatment.

"We're really happy with it, we're stoked with how much we raised," she said.

"We just thought why don't we make a really big necklace to raise awareness of cancer, to raise money and teach the children to understand some kids do get really sick."

The event had been a success with $666.70 raised between the Palmerston North and Levin branches, Barber said.

She said this was the first time Porse had been involved in the fundraising challenge but they hoped to do it bigger and better each year.

Porse programme tutor Jody Tomkinson, who has several family members affected by cancer, said the event was a great idea.

"It's a way to show support and teach them there are children that need help."

After the event and barbecue yesterday there were lots of sausages left over, so Porse was holding another barbecue at its office at 108 Albert St at 11am today, Barber said.

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