Gas Team delivers festive cheer to children

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Staff from The Gas Hub have turned into Santa's elves and constructed Christmas gifts for young people with cystic fibrosis.

A pop-up toy workshop with a twist materialised on 8 December at a Wellington waterfront location. An onslaught of quirky quiz questions and challenges enabled teams to assemble the array of toys and sports equipment.

Powerco General Manager Gas Stuart Dickson said the Gas Leadership Team worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand to identify suitable gifts that would help young CF people with their health and physical activity.

“We wanted to give everyone in the young CF community of Wellington a special present this Christmas. As well as being fun, the gifts also address the specific need for people with cystic fibrosis to keep moving with exercise.”

The Gas Hub elves were delighted to discover the efforts from their toy workshop were for a great purpose. The day was extremely rewarding, with one team member commenting it had been “the best day at work ever”.

The Gas Hub’s Marketing Coordinator Claire Braddock said the surprise and excitement on the faces of children receiving their gifts was magic.

“One two-year old tore off the Christmas wrap and was straight on to her trike, a big grin from ear-to-ear spread across her face.” 

CF is New Zealand’s most common life-threatening genetic condition and significantly shortens lives.  Medical advice is unanimous in saying people with CF can stay healthier for longer by participating in physical exercise from an early age.

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