Can film festival tickets selling fast

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 10:17 06/11/2012
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Invercargill Reading Cinema manager Neville Cook is preparing for tomorrow’s Wattie’s Cans Film Festival.

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Tickets for the Watties Cans Film Festival in the Invercargill and Queenstown movie theatres are selling out fast.

The popular initiative, to be held tomorrow throughout the country, will see moviegoers swap a can of food for a blockbuster movie ticket.

The cans will be donated to the Salvation Army food banks in the region to help southerners struggling to make ends meet at Christmas.

Watties will match each can donation with a can of its own.

Invercargill Reading Cinema manager Neville Cook said the festival was always popular because it was for a good cause.

He said people had bought tickets early, so there were only tickets left for two movies.

Salvation Army Social Services secretary Major Pam Waugh said without the help of the festival, the Army would struggle to keep up with demand for food parcels at Christmas.

With the cost of living reaching new heights, the need to help The Salvation Army lend a hand to fellow New Zealanders was growing, she said.

''What better way to help out? For the price of a can of food people can see a movie and feel good about it''.

The Salvation Army helped out with budgeting advice, food parcels and life skills programmes to bring a brighter Christmas to families in need, she said.

Between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2012, the Salvation Army distributed nearly 60,000 food parcels to families and individuals throughout the country.

The festival is now in its 19th year.

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- The Southland Times

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