Kidz First celebrations impact hundreds of South Auckland whanaau

This year's Kidz First Community Christmas event was a roaring success say the organisers.

The week's festivities are aimed at helping whanaau of children who've accessed Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau services in the hospital, health centres and in the community during the past year.

To start the week Kidz First and the Middlemore Foundation supported 350 families with a drive through Monday-Wednesday to distribute fresh food packs and toys in the community.

It was capped off with and a fabulous day on Thursday, at event staged at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Papatoetoe. with 250 families invited to attend our Kidz First Community Christmas party.

The Middlemore Foundation raised over $100,000 with Buttabean Motivation to support the event.

The toyshop was fabulous for parents who were able to walk around and select their gifts for all their tamariki. We had lots of music and dancing, bubbles and face painting which were all hits. There was a BBQ, iced chocolates, ice cream and fruit smoothies all day.

We had some lovely entertainment all provided voluntarily with special characters attending, Lil Bo Peep's mobile farm, StarJam, FLAVA, Vince Harder, Wheel Blacks, Black Ferns, and Kidz First staff singing and dancing.

Roni Hamilton, Service Manager of Kidz First Ambulatory paid special tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who made the week's celebrations possible.

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