Palmerston North childcare centres mark shortest day to support Arohanui Hospice

Kids and teachers in shorts at Active Explorers Viictoria Ave childcare centre promoting the winter solstice Shorts for ...
Warwick Smith

Kids and teachers in shorts at Active Explorers Viictoria Ave childcare centre promoting the winter solstice Shorts for Hospice fundraising campaign. From left; Emma Banham, Seth Ritchie, 4, Memphis-Rose Paewei, 4, and Jo Haye.

Another 'short' week is upon us. More accurately it's a 'shorts' week.

Wednesday, June 21 is the shortest day, and Palmerston North businesses, schools and individuals have been encouraged to register to wear shorts as part of a leggy fundraising campaign for Arohanui Hospice.

Joining in are the central city's three Active Explorers childcare centres - formerly Lollipops Educare - on Victoria Ave, Broadway and Grey St.

Shorts are the stuff for a hospice solstice fundraiser at the Victoria Ave Active Explorers childcare centre rom left; ...
Warwick Smith

Shorts are the stuff for a hospice solstice fundraiser at the Victoria Ave Active Explorers childcare centre rom left; Emma Banham, Seth Ritchie, 4, Memphis-Rose Paewai, 4, and Jo Haye.

Cindy Hammond, support manager for the centres, was involved at Victoria Ave last year during the hospice campaign, and decided to expand it to the other two centres in the group.

"We are running a competition, and the photo of best dressed family photo wins a 50 per cent reduction in fees for one week. The other 50 per cent we give to the hospice," Hammond said.

"The competition is for our staff as well, and the winning staff member gets half a day off."

Victoria Ave manager Jo Haye had on the green spotted "dork shorts" over her leggings. More wide than short, these are the pants any staff member who does something dopey, gets to wear for the day, along with a naff dress-up wig.  

Hammond said Shorts for Hospice had legs, and was a great way to get involved with a local charity and give something back.

 "Children love dressing up and shorts are easy. We are really passionate about supporting local charity and encouraging our children and their families to do the same." 

The mums of Memphis-Rose Paewai and Seth Ritchie, both 4, made sure their kids had appropriate attire sorted for the day. Memphis-Rose sported a pair of shorts made from Anzac poppies, and Seth wore black shorts spangled with stars.

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The three Active Explorers centres will also be taking a collection for hospice on June 21, and Hammond hoped other businesses and childcare centres would get in behind the fun day.

 - Stuff

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