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Showing the Royals some love for Child Cancer holiday home

Filed under Community, Press Releases.

MEDIA ALERT | 11 APRIL 2014 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Queenstown youngsters are producing a line of Kate & Will T-Shirts in support of the Arrowtown  Child Cancer Foundation Holiday Home designed to be worn when the royal couple visit the Wakatipu this Sunday.

The T-Shirts, emblazoned with the slogan “Keep Calm & Love Kate and Will”, have been produced by local high school students as part of the Wakatipu Leadership Summit, a project run to teach young people about leadership and community spirit. All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go directly to the Child Cancer Holiday Home in Queenstown. 

The students were tasked with selecting a charity to support, and coming up with a fundraising mechanism designed to support the efforts of the Child Cancer Holiday Home, as well as increase local awareness of the charity.

Project team member Victoria Boult (16) said that the idea came from a need to be topical with their idea, to make sure they grabbed the attention of the town.

“What better way to make sure everyone knows about all the hard work the Arrowtown Holiday Home  puts into ensuring families of children diagnosed with cancer are well supported.  With all the excitement around the royal visit to Queenstown, we knew the t-shirts would be popular! We’ve already had heaps of pre-orders" she said.

The team are hoping that people will wear the T-Shirts when the royals visit Queenstown on Sunday.

New Zealand owned Hawkins Group has helped the project out by providing the funds to produce the T-Shirt run.

The T-Shirts will be on sale for $25 each and those wishing to purchase can email keepcalmforkateandwill@gmail.com.

ENDS

For more information, or high res imagery, contact:

Victoria Boult | keepcalmforkateandwill@gmail.com | 03 442 1657

EDITORS NOTES:

The Child Cancer Foundation has twoholiday homes available to children with cancer and their families. The Foundation has  homes in Taupo and Arrowtown. The  houses can be booked rent free for one week. The homes are well-resourced and provide families with the opportunity to spend time together in a relaxing setting.

Long months of treatment can take a significant financial and emotional toll on families, and finding funds for a much-needed holiday can be very difficult. The Child Cancer Foundation Holiday Homes help overcome this barrier.

Families have opportunity to spend time together in a relaxing setting away from normal stressors. The holiday homes provide the perfect place for families to take time out and find strength to continue their journey.

Other families use the facilities to celebrate milestones or honour their deceased child.

ARROWTOWN

The Child Cancer Foundation Arrowtown Holiday Home was officially opened in June, 2012.The Arrowfield Mews property is a three bedroom, two bathroom, two storey, well insulated and sunny house, well suited to the requirement of CCF families. The house is walking distance from the main Arrowtown shopping / entertainment area, close to public transport and opposite the Millbrook golf course.

The house is owned by Child Cancer Foundation Otago/Southland Accommodation Trust, (OSAT). The trust was set up in the 1980s to provide accommodation for Otago and Southland children with cancer and their families. Funds provided for the house have been donated by individuals and businesses throughout Otago/Southland over a long period of time. 

Thank you to Otago/Southland Accommodation Trust members, our Child Cancer Foundation branches, Professionals Real Estate Group and the local suppliers whose contributions and support have helped make this service possible.

This home is not the first house in the Queenstown region – there was an earlier one in Sunshine Bay purchased 17 years ago from funds raised by all offices of the Professionals Real Estate Group. The Professionals continue to be very active in raising significant funds for Child Cancer Foundation, which we are very grateful for.