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Jul 18

Orange in the pink

KidzWish events manager Beau Thatcher, Stockland Shellharbour centre manager Daniel Buchanein, Catherine Nixon, Courtney Maylin, Blue Illusion Cafe’s Bobbie English, Muffin Break’s Leighal Dellis, Pod Cafe’s David Borg, volunteer Max Luckmann, KidzWish marketing manager Karouna Michael and Hayley Griffiths at Stockland Shellharbour for the official handing over of funds raised from the KidzWish day. Picture: GEORGIA MATTSFOR 12 hours in October, Stockland Shellharbour transformed into an orange cloud for the annual KidzWish Day.
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The day raised funds for the KidzWish Foundation to help in delivering services and programs to the children in the Illawarra.

Last week members of KidzWish, Stockland and participating stores came together for the handover of the $5625.75 raised.

The foundation’s marketing manager Karouna Michael said the community showed great support for KidzWish Day.

“These funds will go directly to our services and programs including our sports academy program and services like occupational therapy speech and physiotherapy,” he said.

More than 25 volunteers registered on the day to collect donations, hand out balloons and spread KidzWish’s message.

KidzWish events coordinator Beau Thatcher said the whole Stockland was floating with orange, the official colour for the fund-raiser.

“As much money as we raised is a great help, you can’t put an amount on awareness,” he said.

“There was so much orange about in Stocklands and we really let people know about us.

“There was no kid without a balloon.”

Participating shops were also presented with awards. Pod Cafe won the best dressed shop, Blue Illusion won the most involved shop with a fashion show, and Muffin Break raised the most funds.

Further fund-raising for KidzWish’s services and programs will take place at the 11th Annual KidzWish Charity Ball on November 21 at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

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