Singing for friends

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2013

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Invercargill Middle School pupils are asking shoppers to spread the cheer and donate as they sing for their schoolmates.

Assistant principal Lou Dickson said the school's junior choir, made up of about 30 pupils aged between 5 and 8, would be performing Christmas carols next week to help fellow pupils Charlotte and Sam Gillian.

Sam, 5, and Charlotte, 7, have Hurler-Scheie syndrome, a rare genetic condition, and are staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Auckland while they undergo treatment.

The school had been looking for ways to raise funds for the Gillian family when self-confessed Christmas fanatic Ms Dickson came up with the idea of carolling for the public.

The exercise also would teach the pupils there was more to the silly season than just Santa Claus, she said.

"They're actually learning a lesson about Christmas. It's not all about presents - this is giving."

The Invercargill Middle School choir will be performing for donations at The Warehouse today and on Wednesday, from 5pm.

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