Red noses – we are all winners when embracing laughter

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With the upcoming Red Nose Day on 23 August (www.rednoseday.co.nz) it is a chance to don on a red nose, act silly, share comedy and laughter and raise money for charity. No matter the red nose, the aim is still the same – to help right social inequity. In the past, globally, the day has helped educate people, build safe communities, and has provided much needed health relief. The images of the wonderful Clown Doctors remind us that work of smiling also happens throughout the year to help sick children in hospitals (www.clowndoctors.org.nz). No matter what the red nose and what the charity and what the day, you will be helping someone – to laugh, to donate, to be positive and to be silly, just by wearing a red nose.

Clown Doctors poster

 

 

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Mothers Network

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‘Mothers Network is run by mothers, for mothers and about mothers’. It is a network and a charity I consider important in the support of mums being the best they can be. Here, the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, and other supporters of Mothers Network were invited to promote Mothers Network. I went along to the Mayor’s office to capture the meeting. http://www.mothersnetwork.org.nz

The Clown Doctors New Zealand

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Late in May this year I was privileged to be invited along to photograph the Clown Doctors New Zealand (http://www.clowndoctors.org.nz/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clown-Doctors-New-Zealand-Charitable-Trust/171647076216824?ref=ts&fref=ts). They performed a flash mob at Wellington airport then took their talents and entertained patients and staff at Wellington Hospital.

“The Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust is an organisation which combines creativity with social responsibility. Its mission is to bring joy and laughter to children in hospitals, and lift the spirits of people in need as it contributes to a more heartfelt and humorous society.”

Another snippet of the Clown Doctors day in Wellington. Enjoy!

 

Bountiful winter food

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We are now really into the wintery months and that means warm fires and hot soups. These are some images from a recent harvest festival I attended. A harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival. Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features of harvest festivals: eating, merriment, contests, music and romance are common features of harvest festivals around the world. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival