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Queenstown kids join cast of thousands to support World Vision

Hundreds of local schoolchildren are busy rehearsing some of New Zealand’s favourite anthems and tuning their ukuleles for World Vision Kids for Kids new show ‘Everything is Ka Pai’. They will be joining more than 10,000 other Kiwi kids, as well as two of the country’s top musical talents, taking part in events nationwide.

World Vision CEO Chris Clarke says, “Since the first Kids for Kids shows were held, more than 250,000 primary and intermediate students have enjoyed being part of a mass choir and performing in front of audiences throughout the country. The events also provide an opportunity for Kiwi kids, their families and school communities to make a difference in the lives of children, around the globe, and are an opportunity for World Vision to talk about the incredible efforts that have been made possible through child sponsorship. Since 1996, Kids for Kids has had great success with 5,296 kids being sponsored through the shows, equating to 8.3 million dollars raised through child sponsorship.

We’re also very excited to announce that Kids for Kids shows will be fronted this year by two great Kiwi entertainers: Jackie Clarke, one of New Zealand’s most experienced stage performers, and chart-topping musician Nathan King; the former front man of Kiwi band Zed and a World Vision ambassador.

Jackie Clarke says: “I’m thrilled to be part of an event that brings hundreds of kids together and provides them with such a unique experience. During my musical career some of my favourite moments have been singing as part of a group, and I know the kids taking part will have a ball performing together on stage for their friends and families.

“The theme for the Kids for Kids shows this year is ‘Everything is Ka Pai’, which means that children will get to sing some of the country’s favourite homegrown tunes, by great Kiwi bands and singers, including songs by Brooke Fraser, Crowded House and Herbs. It’s a great theme for audiences, young and old, and I know that kids will love learning to sing these songs as much as audiences will enjoy hearing them, she adds.

Nathan King says that he has attended a number of the Kids for Kids shows over the last few years and is inspired by the talent, enthusiasm and energy of the school children involved in the show.

“It’s such a great opportunity for young people to learn some of our most well-loved Kiwi songs and to enjoy making music at the same time as making new friends. As a ambassador of World Vision, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work that World Vision does in poverty-stricken countries around the globe and it’s absolutely heart-wrenching to see children in crisis, but, through the Kids for Kids event, Kiwis can make a difference,” says King.

The Kids for Kids show in Queenstown will be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on 12 November and tickets are now available from http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=KIDSFORK13

For a full listing of shows nationwide and further information about the World Vision Kids for Kids concert events, please visit www.kidsforkids.org.nz.