GIFT WRAPPING BOOTHS

‘Find your Festive’ this Christmas and get your gift wrapped.

For a gold coin donation, get your gifts wrapped by our chosen community groups. Thank you for supporting our following community groups, who will receive all of the proceeds from your donations.

Our gift wrapping booths are open:

Monday 7 December – Tuesday 15 December, 10am – 5pm daily, with late nights until 8pm

Wednesday 16 December – Wednesday 23 December. 10am – 8pm

Thursday 24 December, 9am – 6pm

You can find our gift wrapping booths:

Two booths outside Foot Locker

One booth outside 2degrees

 

MEET EVIE KEMP, GIFT WRAP DESIGNER

Evie Kemp is an Auckland based artist and designer. A lot of her work is in textile or surface design; she spends her days applying her love of colour and pattern to almost anything she can get her hands on!

For our Christmas paper, Evie was given the brief to create an iconically “Christmassy” design but without the typical (and off-season) imagery of snowy scenes. Evie instead incorporated the icons of a kiwi Christmas… “because our Christmas traditions are important too, they’re just different!”

Evie’s favourite icon on the wrapping paper is the fish and chips! “My favourite!” And the cheeky Pukeko stealing a chip!  Whilst Evie loves a kiwi Christmas now, it definitely wasn’t the case when she first moved to New Zealand!

“My Family moved to NZ [from England] when I was 14 and we were living up in Red Beach [on the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland]. My parent’s insisted on the “Christmas Day at the beach” thing as it was such a novel idea for them. The weather (typically) though wasn’t playing ball and it was rainy and as a very grumpy teenager I  just went and sat in the car!”

Evie has since come around to enjoying and embracing the positives of having a Christmas lunch outdoors!

Evie loved creating our wrap knowing it would be beneath trees on Christmas Day! “It’s a real thrill to see everyone getting their gifts wrapped in it at the wrapping stations in the run up to Christmas. It feels like after the year we’ve had there isn’t a better time to truly celebrate the uniqueness of a kiwi Christmas!”

Find out more about Evie Kemp here: WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM

WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO?

Our three local groups that are benefiting from the generosity of LynnMall customers by donating to have their gifts wrapped this Christmas are Arahoe School, Heart Kids and New Lynn School.  Read on to find out more about our great groups and how they will use the donations:

 

Heart Kids NZ

A little bit about them:  Heart kIds have been in the community supporting children born with heart conditions, and their families, for almost 40 years. We provide a vital support network through our hospital based Family Support team as well as around the country. There’s not many places in NZ that we don’t have a presence and we are working hard to fill those few gaps. By providing one to one direct support, running in-person Murmurs Coffee Groups and family events, as well as virtual workshops and presentations – our heart families are able to face the challenges associated with having a ‘heart child’ knowing they are supported and not walking this journey alone. Every year over 600 little babies are born with some type of heart defect and they will require treatments and surgeries throughout their lives. As there is no cure or prevention – there will always be a need for Heart Kids NZ in the community.

Plans for the donations raised:  There are over 1000 heart families in Auckland and the money raised will be used to support these families both at home and also during hospital admissions.

Heart kids are born brave hearts, they go through so much at such a young age and still manage to smile and laugh and give cuddles. They are inspiring and beat the odds every day.

 

Arahoe School

A little bit about them:  Arahoe School Has been providing primary school education to the children of New Lynn fro over 60years.

Plans for the donations raised:  The money we raise this year will be put towards a variety of projects throughout the school such as shade sails to provide safe outdoor play and learning spaces during the hot summer months.

 

New Lynn School

A little bit about them:  Our school is over 125 years old.  We are a primary school that caters for children (Year 0 to Year 6).  We have high quality educational programmes and high achievement occurring for all our students.  This creates a strong learning community for both students, teachers and parents.  At New Lynn we believe that education is a life long process which is a shared partnership between school and home.  Parents are welcome at New Lynn School and are encouraged to participate in any way they can.  We recognise the skills parents have to offer and the benefits they bring to a school community.  We offer parents as many opportunities to learn about their children’s learning as possible.  Our school motto is “Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi:  Reaching for the Sky’ as we encourage everyone to strive to do their best.  We take joy in promoting and celebrating their success.  We are a culturally diverse school with enormous strengths to share and learn from each other.  We believe in highlighting the strengths of all our students and building a strong foundation of success for their learning.

Plans for the donations raised:

  • towards the start of a school hall
  • stationery for students who can’t afford to purchase
  • uniforms for students who can’t afford to pay for these items
  • towards new sports uniform and sports equipment
  • extra bread, butter, jam for our breakfast club
  • resources for teaching
  • books for the library –
  • instructional readers
  • food/fruit for school lunches
  • school instruments

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