Young Kiwis fighting life-threatening illnesses are the inspiration for a pair of North Shore women organising a fundraising Christmas fair.
For the third year running Bayleys Mairangi Bay sales team Jackie Smith and Jo Glancy are hosting the Designer Christmas Fair in Takapuna on December 9 to raise money for Cure Kids.
Cure Kids is a national charitable organisation dedicated to raising funds towards medical research into cures for life-threatening illnesses affecting children. These include leukaemia and other cancers, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Type One Diabetes and asthma.
“Diseases like these rob children of a normal childhood. They should be carefree and running around with their friends, but instead they are stuck inside a hospital fighting for their lives.
“We are both passionate about supporting Cure Kids and the incredible work they do to combat these illnesses,” Jo Glancy said.
As a teenager Jackie Smith worked with young people who were undergoing cancer treatment and says she was always in awe of their positivity.
“They always had such a zest for life and the ability to focus on everything good in their lives despite what they were going through,” she said.
The fair has proven popular in the past raising more than $3500 last year alone.
Guests to this year’s fair will enjoy a free glass of bubbles on arrival, Christmas shopping, carols, raffles, face painting and food stalls.
Chef and New Zealand Herald food columnist Grant Allen will be on hand to share his recipes for Christmas entertaining, offer tastings and take orders for his classic Christmas hams.
Tickets are available at Bayleys offices for $5, or $10 at the door. Children under 12 are free.
The event will take place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Bayleys Auction Rooms at 28 Northcroft St, Takapuna.