Around 30 disadvantaged children and their caregivers enjoyed a stunning day out on the Waitemata Harbour in late November thanks to the generosity of The Red Boats charter boat company and Suburban Newspapers.
The cruise, the brainchild of Red Boats’ owners Andrew and Dannielle Somers, aims to give children from disadvantaged homes a Xmas treat that would otherwise be impossible for them to enjoy.
“Many of the children had never been on a boat before,” says Andrew Somers who, in addition to providing the boat and skippering it for the day, also arranged for refreshments for all of the children and caregivers and hired a “pirate” and a “fairy” to entertain them.
During the cruise, the children were further amazed when the Police launch, Deodar, complete with flashing lights and a siren, pulled alongside to deliver Santa.
Once on board, Santa handed each of the children a very special gift bag, generously donated by the Mad Butchers/Suburban Newspapers’ Charitable Trust. Inside each bag was a $150 Warehouse gift voucher, sun hats, movie tickets, play tickets, books and a few other bits and pieces.
“As you can imagine, there were quite a few tears,” says Suburban Newspapers’ Matthew Grey. “These kids don’t have much and a $150 gift voucher is a bigger deal than most of us can imagine.”