Chance to be silly for serious cause
Palmerston North will be painted red for the annual Red Nose Day appeal to raise funds for research into child health.
The clock tower and the Manawatu Turbos rugby team will tomorrow change their colours in the spirit of charity.
Organiser Laurel Winiata said people were encouraged to visit the clock tower tomorrow night to support the Cure Kids charity drive.
"At 6pm the clock tower lights switch to red," she said. "We are going to have Red Nose Day wristbands and we've got people collecting.
"We want people to come down to help raise as much money as possible for this awesome cause."
The Cure Kids charity is providing red noses and collection tins for the evening.
Mrs Winiata said her son Riley's chronic asthma had prompted her to organise events in the city.
"He's had asthma since he was 1 but this year it has become worse," she said. "He's been in hospital five times this year - he lives with it every day.
"This is a way for us to give back for all the help we've received."
Turbos manager Vern Wilson said the team wanted to contribute, and wearing red noses was all in the spirit of the campaign.
"They certainly want to help the community and the cause as much as possible," he said. "They will have a bit of fun doing it and have a bit of a dig at each other but they all realise what a good cause it is."
Mr Wilson said the Turbos initially had arranged for the clock tower to be green during the weekend, but gave away their booking in the name of charity.
"It was double-booked and it's just a really important cause," he said. "We want to get our colour out there but we've got to look at the big picture."
Cure Kids chief executive Vicki Lee said there had been an incredible response to Red Nose Day this year.
"It's a lot of being silly for a serious cause and the money raised goes to finding cures for our kids."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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