Children paint to raise funds for society
Kids put their creativity on to cardEMMA HORSLEY
After being burgled and having precious information stolen that would help people cope with the death of a child, Palmerston North's stillbirth and neonatal death society is getting a helping hand from children.
Community of Early Learning childcare centre owners Noeline Mitchell and Ginny Powell were so upset by the fact Sands co-ordinators Gaylene and Shaun Vivian were the victims of a burglary, they decided to hold a fundraiser to help the couple.
"I didn't even know Sands existed and these two people do the most amazing things with no funding, so I looked at how we could help," said Mrs Mitchell.
The children at the Kelvin Grove childcare centre have been painting as many pictures as they can so their parents can buy them and the money goes to Sands.
"It's an amazing thing to do," said Mrs Vivian. "No-one has done this for us before . . . It's quite humbling."
Mrs Mitchell said all the children at the childcare centre were putting their creativity on card, even the youngest member who is just six months old.
The fundraiser is on Friday night, when parents are invited to a wine and cheese evening so they can buy their child's artwork and hear about Sands from Mrs Vivian.
Mr and Mrs Vivian have been the Central District co-ordinators for Sands for six years.
In August their house was burgled and a laptop containing Sands information was stolen, along with personal items.
No personal information was stored on the laptop.
At the time, Mr Vivian said the couple and their two children were devastated by the burglary, but it would not stop them being part of the organisation.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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