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Global cardboard challenge wants Kiwi kids to enter

Sep 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

US organisers of the “global cardboard challenge” are hoping Christchurch’s temporary cathedral will inspire some creative Kiwis to enter.

A foundation dedicated to fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in children wants Kiwi kids on board.

Imagination Foundation was started in California in response to overwhelming support for a nine-year-old Los Angeles boy and his cardboard arcade.

Caine Monroy (right), of East Los Angeles, spent his summer holiday building an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.

His first customer, Nirvan Mullick, was so impressed with Caine’s creativity he made a short movie about the arcade.

The video went viral on You Tube, so Nirvan decided to give Caine the surprise of his life by organising a flash mob to visit the arcade and play Caine’s games.

A year on, the global challenge will take place on October 6 in 25 countries around the world, but so far nothing has been organised in New Zealand.

“We don’t have any groups in NZ hosting an event, but we would love to have the Cardboard Challenge reach New Zealand,” says an Imagination Foundation spokesperson Alice Lin.

“I would’ve thought cardboard mania would be contagious.

“It would be wonderful for schools to get involved, as the Cardboard Challenge not only celebrates play and kids’ creativity but also gives communities a chance to rally around something both fun and meaningful.”

Australia has 57,000 kids signed up for the day of play, which is happening in conjunction with Cool Australia.

Funds raised from the Global Cardboard Challenge can go towards The Imagination Foundation, or any local programmes.

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