Since October 2011, Christchurch superhero Flat Man, clad in provincially-themed red and black spandex, has been anonymously helping people in need and now he's helping one young superhero fulfil his dream.
Flat Man heard about Phoenix, a five-year-old boy from Kawakawa, who wears superhero costumes to distract him from a debilitating irritable skin condition and decided to extend him a bit of Cantabrian generosity.
"When I heard about him and what he has to go through each day, I decided to plan a super day out for him and his grandma in Christchurch," Flat Man said. "Basically he'll be my mini-me for the day as we go out and do super activities."
This week Flat Man raised $1700 via crowdfunding site givealittle.co.nz, more than $700 over his target.
Phoenix and his grandmother arrive in Christchurch on March 25 and will spend three days in the city.
"They are such a cool family and they are so grateful for this experience. It's very humbling. I've started planning activities for the day," Flat Man said.
"I've booked flights, their hotel, a trip on the Gondola, a visit to Clip ‘N Climb, a flight around Christchurch and for Phoenix to receive a hero's medal, and hopefully I can organise for him to meet the mayor. It would be really great to get support from any business who wants to help Phoenix."
Flat Man said the pair had never been to Christchurch or been on a plane and he said it was heart-warming that so many people had donated money to help make one small boy's dream come true.
He also hopes that other "super" Canterbury residents and businesses can offer their support by suggesting other "super activities" or places for Phoenix to visit and enjoy while in the city.
"They arrive in Christchurch at 4.50pm on Tuesday, March 25. It would be great if we could get a lot of people to go to the airport to greet them with signs saying ‘Phoenix is our superhero'," Flat Man said.
Staying true to his motto "Be a bruv, share the luv" for over two years, Flat Man has been making regular deliveries of food parcels and care packages to struggling families, quake-hit residents and impoverished students around New Zealand.
"This is going to be an amazing day for one amazing little boy. Hopefully I'll be able to recreate this for more children from Christchurch and beyond."
Can you help suggest a super activity for Phoenix? Phone 027 FLATMAN or see facebook.com/chchflatman
- The Press