Kids flock to see Shrek


Famous former hermit sheep Shrek turned up to Queenstown’s Mercure Resort hotel today to meet 17 special youngsters. 

Pictured with Shortland Street TV actor Renato Barteolmei, the young ones – including, from left, Liam Todd, 9, Abbey Leeson, 8, and Matthew Smith, 11 – all suffer from life-threatening illnesses. 

They and their caregivers have been shouted a “Ticket to Hope” adventure weekend in Queenstown by Cure Kids – which funds research into children’s life-threatening illnesses – and its sponsors. 

Liam from Wellington, has a maxillary sinus tumour, Abbey, from Christchurch, is epileptic and Matthew, from Paraparaumu, near Welington, has a genetic malformation of the hand. 

Through Shrek’s owner, farmer John Perriam, the 15-year-old shaggy merino – discovered in Central Otago high country six years ago – has raised more than $150,000 for Cure Kids. Perriam and Shrek are currently on a book promotional tour of the country.