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Kids’ enterprise helps Kapiti Coast animals

Jul 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News


SAUSAGE sizzlers Emily Oldham (left), Kasia O’Meara and Oak Roberts start their day with a money-raising project at Paraparaumu.

They are part of a group of nine to 11 year olds from Paraparaumu’s 3PM holiday programme who raised $196 for the Kapiti Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Self-appointed market manager and co-ordinator Emilia Rae (right) 13, initiated the idea and organised the event.

Emilia says she always tries to live by her motto: “Make a stand for what you believe in.”

She says the charity fair was a good way to practice the responsibility, organisational and leadership skills she would need in the future to realise her long-term goal of becoming a youth pastor.

The children nominated other charities: Ronald McDonald House, the Cancer Society, Kidney Kids and the Blind Foundation, but the SPCA won the final vote.

An animal caretaker from Kapiti SPCA Tracy Jong says she was “blown away” by the generosity of these young people.

“These kids are going to go far,” she says.

3PM holiday programme leader Don McFarlane says last year a young sparrow had fallen out of the spouting and the children had taken it to the SPCA in Waikanae.

“The SPCA had respected the children’s desire to help an animal in distress, and the association’s positive response was likely the reason for the support.”

Mr McFarlane said the kids made the whole day happen by themselves.

“In fact, they were so involved in what they were doing they didn’t even want to stop for lunch.”

The children involved in the business project continued their day by making crafts, baking and preparing stalls for a charity fair, which they ran themselves.

Most of the kids said they would have been happy to raise at least $100 for the SPCA, but one enterprising group of boys, in between washing cars, said $200 was a much better goal.



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