Manukau Courier : December 7th 2010
18 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 7, 2010 NEWS Find out more | maxx.co.nz | 09 366 6400 CHECK THE HOLIDAY TIMETABLES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL If you are spending the holidays in Auckland, check our holiday timetables before you travel. Go to maxx.co.nz or call 09 366 6400 any day including Christmas Day. Have a happy summer. 7.01.06.32/2010 Stars come out on Starship's tree Twinkle, twinkle: Kapri Clark's winning star. Stars on stars: Jordan Li's star-covered winning star. Students Kapri Clark and Jordan Li are star starma- kers. The south Auckland youngsters are regional winners of this year s Stars for Starship competition to design decorations for the giant Christmas tree at the children s hospital. Kapri from Bairds Main- freight School in Otara won the year 0-3 category with a beach-themed star. The year 4-6 award went to Jordan of Hillpark School in Manurewa for a star covered in more tiny stars. Each student gets $200 for a class Christmas party. Their stars outshone those from more than 22 south Auckland primary schools and hang in pride of place on the Christmas tree in the hospital atrium. All stars entered by a record 894 schools are used to decorate the atrium for the annual Christmas party. Starship Foundation chief executive Andrew Young says the handmade decorations help to cheer up children and families who can t leave the hos- pital over Christmas. Every year we look for- ward to the seeing students colourful designs -- they re a huge morale boost for patients and staff. It s the 10th year of Stars for Starship. Motat gifts make Christmas bright Christmas spirit: Motat is helping the Auckland City Mission and the Salvation Army with its annual Christmas toy drive. Visitors to Motat are digging deep for those in need this Christmas. Auckland s Museum of Transport and Technology is encouraging Kiwis to spread a bit of Christmas cheer by buying a gift to donate to its chosen charities. Motat supports the work of the Auckland City Mission and the Salvation Army through its annual toy drive. Until December 24 instead of paying an entrance fee visitors can purchase a gift from the museum s gift shop at the main entrances for the same value as their admis- sion and in doing so will be giving back to those in need. Gifts donated will be div- ided equally between both charities and distributed to their drop-in centres across the Auckland region. Museum director Jeremy Hubbard says Christmas at Motat is always a special time of year. With so many families in need this Christmas we are thrilled to be involved in giv- ing to charities that really do make a difference to their lives. Auckland City Mission fundraising team leader Carole French says the mission s always thankful for the generosity of Kiwis over the holiday period. Just one present is all it takes to light up the face of someone in need -- it really does make a difference. The Motat gift shop has a wide selection of boys and girls gifts available, including model planes, electronic robot ducks, and finger puppets. Purchased gifts will be dis- played in Motat s Victorian Village chapel throughout December. The museum has a range of Christmas activities, includ- ing its new evening event Motat Nights, Christmas Lights. On December 11 and 12 and again on December 18 and 19 Motat will open its gates from 8pm to 11pm and for a gold coin donation visitors can experience the museum as they never have before. The Victorian Village will be lit up in fairy lights and coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine and snacks will be available for purchase out- side the 1920s shops. There ll also be carolling and entertainment, a lolly maker and lots more. Motat s main entrances are on Great North Rd site and Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland. Tram rides are free with museum entry. Phone: 0800 MOTAT NZ (0800-668-286) or go to www.motat.org.nz for more information.
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