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Great ideas for decorating and entertaining in your home for Christmas
Ten Auckland home owners will open their doors on Friday, 11 November for the first Christmas Festive Entertaining Tour to help raise funds for the World Child Cancer Pacific chapter charity organisation.
The Pacific chapter is a newly created charitable trust established to raise funds to help bring oncologist specialists from the Pacific Islands of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa to New Zealand to train them in the latest methods for child cancer treatments.
The lineup of homes in the tour includes traditional bungalows and villas, a designer townhouse, a modernised 1880s cottage and an award-winning stunning French-Italian designed home giving guests rare access to some outstanding kitchens and Christmas decor ideas.
The kitchen and dining rooms and in some cases the lounge will be decorated in a festive theme. Leading Auckland interior stylists including Donna White, LeeAnne Yare and Kevin Broadfoot have volunteered their time to work with each home owner to a create unique and exciting festive dining theme, from Classic Christmas to French chic, from casual Kiwi to Pacific summer.
Complementing the festive theme, each kitchen and home will host a chef such as well known Auckland chef Julie le Clerc, caterer Hamish Stewart, and food writer Catherine Bell, who will demonstrate Christmas fare and easy to make festive treats. For a gold coin donation guests can taste the festive treat and receive a recipe card.
Each home will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $60.00 and are on sale now from Ticketek now (www.ticketek.co.nz). There will be no door sales.
The 10 homes are spread across Epsom, One Tree Hill, Mt Eden, Sandringham, Ponsonby, Parnell and Remuera - providing an easy to navigate circuit.
Childhood cancer is a curable disease, yet 100,000 children die needlessly every year because of a lack of treatment, pain relief and palliative care.
In developed countries like New Zealand children have an 80% chance of survival thanks to huge advances in medical treatment.
In low to middle income countries like Tonga, Fiji and Samoa cancer is the greatest cause of death of children, with typically less than 20% of children surviving.
The World Child Cancer Pacific chapter, through the internationally run Twinnings programme aims to share knowledge, technology and organisation skills between the centres in resource-poor countries like Tonga, Fiji and Samoa and an experienced centre in a resource-rich country like New Zealand.
By supporting our neighbouring countries and bringing the medical specialists to New Zealand the WCC Pacific Chapter will allocate the funds raised to be spent on specific training.