Christmas in the Community

Strawberries and Ice Cream

Christmas isn’t all about commercialism. That may seem like lip service, coming from a business basing itself on the holiday season, but to us, Christmas is about thoughtfulness and love. Christmas is about sharing laughs, creating memories with family and friends, and remembering those who cannot be there because of distance or death. It is about helping those who are less fortunate, be it through giving a $10 note to the busker who entertained you on your walk to work all year, giving gifts to the City Mission to distribute to children, helping out in a soup kitchen, or inviting a lonely neighbour over to share a meal.

Christmas is about spreading cheer. Face-to-face or anonymously. To a particular person, or to an organisation that is better placed to spread the love and joy.

This year we’re excited to be sponsoring a tree at the Cystic Fibrosis Wellington Christmas Tree Festival. The event theme is ‘Can’t beat Wellington on Christmas Day’ so our tree will be decorated in a ‘Strawberries and Ice Cream’ theme. We have been working busily sewing decorations and building a beautiful tree topper. We’re excited to see how it comes together when we put up the decorations at the event, this coming Friday morning.

The annual festival was established to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and to raise funds for the Wellington branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand. The festival is run entirely by volunteers, and brings together Christmas trees decorated and sponsored by local businesses. Last year the festival raised $5,000 to help people living with Cystic Fibrosis in the Wellington Region, and festival organisers hope this year will be even more successful with the addition of the Christmas Bauble Challenge and the Digital Tree Spree.

Fran immediately wanted to get involved when she heard about the festival, as she fondly remembers a dear primary-school friend, Ali, who had Cystic Fibrosis. Although Fran and Ali lost touch when they went to separate high schools, Fran can still remember the loving, bubbly, humourous, caring friend that Ali was. Fran also remembers Ali’s strength, and the fight that she fought each day to make the most of a wonderful life.

We would love it everyone in Wellington could come along to the festival to support this cause, and maybe vote for our tree as well! If you are not in Wellington, perhaps you could think about what you could do for someone in your community, who could do with a little cheer this holiday season.

The festival will run from the 29th November to the 7th December at The Jimmy Cafe & Bar, St James, Courtenay Place, Wellington, 10am-6pm.