Masks help Heart Kids

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A cheque, which was pulled together from the proceeds of mask sales, was presented to Southland Heart Kids this week. (From left), Brenda Mathers and Bronwen Coe, from Suite Southern Upholstery & Auto Trim Ltd, Southland Heart Kids treasurer Ismay Howden, Heart Kid Ryan Howden (10) and Abi Volp. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

HUNDREDS of colourful masks were made and sold during lockdown, with all money raised going to Southland Heart Kids.

Organiser Brenda Mathers said about 950 cotton face masks were made by a group of contributors Mary-Ellen Vercoe, from Liquorland South, Abi Volp, from Creative Kids, with Bronwen Coe, Scott Flynn and herself, from Suite Southern Upholstery & Auto Trim Ltd.

They were sold at Liquorland South for $5 each with all money raised going to the children’s charity.

“People were feeling a bit threatened by seeing people walking through the supermarket with surgical masks, some people were wearing gas masks and glue spraying masks and we thought, to make it nicer for kids and not quite as scary, we should make things that are colourful,” Ms Mathers said.

There were several patterns which included donuts, Kiwi, unicorns and feathers.

She said about 100 masks were left over in case of a future lockdown. The choice of Heart Kids as the recipient of the $4520, was because the women wanted to help a children’s charity.

“We just decided it was a good charity it’s not one that a lot of people think of. And it is local… this is going to help local people.”

Southland Heart Kids treasurer Ismay Howden thanked the team for making the masks.

“We’re not going to get a lot of funding this year because of Covid, so this goes a long way to helping us out this year. It’s amazing.”

The cheque was presented to Southland Heart Kids in Invercargill on Tuesday last week.

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