Thursday, March 10, 2011

Purple Cake Day

Last Tuesday we all participated in Purple Cake Day. This year was the inaugural event with the purpose being to support and celebrate children worldwide but in particular those of Haiti and the thousands of people killed in the 2009 earthquake. However, in light of recent events in Canterbury, the organisers had broadened it to also act as a fundraiser for Christchurch. So our Kindergarten community got right behind this with many of us dressed in purple, purple face paint, balloons, paint and play dough being the order of the day and one child brought in purple cup cakes for morning tea. Although not used as a fundraiser as such, families were encouraged to bring in non-perishable donations for food boxes for Christchurch and children participated in making a fabric banner to send to the Kindergarten Association in Christchurch. A large poster depicted both Haiti and Christchurch and the day provided a valuable opportunity to talk to the children about those caught up in both earthquakes and raise their awareness of those less fortunate and ways of helping. It was very touching to hear some of the concerned comments made by children and a proud moment when we had a child from Christchurch join us for the day and to see him welcomed and cared for so well by two of our boys.

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