Santa Parade spreading Christmas cheer

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Southland Santa Parade organisers (from front) Ross Wensley and Alice Pottinger and parade volunteer Trish Morgan sort and prepare costumes ahead of the parade on Saturday, December 1.

BELLYFUL Invercargill is receiving some early Christmas cheer.

The charity has been selected to be the recipient of the proceeds raised from the Southland

Santa Parade street appeal this year.

Parade chief elf Alice Pottinger said Bellyful was a small organisation of volunteers who worked to support families with newborn babies.

“It’s really cool what they do.”

Bellyful volunteers cook and deliver meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness where there is little or no family or social support.

Bellyful Invercargill branch co-ordinator Grace Frisby said they were “very excited” and “hugely grateful” to have been selected.

The funds would be used to continue the group’s work cooking and delivering meals to families in Invercargill, she said.

Last year, Bellyful Invercargill’s 22 volunteers provided about 3000 meals to families in the city.

Mrs Pottinger said final preparations for the annual parade were coming together well.

All of the floats had sponsors this year, the first time this had happened since she and co-organiser Ross Wensley took over organising the annual parade five years ago, she said.
There were also several new floats entered this year, including a Disney-inspired float by Koru Care, she said.

“It’s a fantastic community effort.”

However, more people were needed to walk in the parade, and help was available to provide them with costumes, Mrs Pottinger said.

“Bring your friends and family along, dress up and have some fun for an hour.”

Costume Central located at 45 Don St will be open on Saturday from 10am to 2pm for those people needing costumes.

Southland Santa Parade 2018, Saturday, December 1, 2pm

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