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Costumes out for Neighbourhood Week

By Janie Smith - Central Leader
Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Ghosts, ghouls and phantoms will be dressing to impress this Halloween.

Neighbourhood Support Auckland is kicking off its Neighbourhood Week with a costume competition.

The week, from Saturday to November 9, is also the organisationís annual appeal.

Chairman Kevin Hicks says they are desperate for volunteers to collect on the street on Friday and Saturday around Auckland.

The money will go towards operating costs that funding doesnít cover, he says.

"We can respond to particular situations much quicker if we have some discretionary funding."

Volunteer Trish Maxwell has worked with Neighbourhood Support for 20 years and will be taking her grandsons Reegan Pukepuke, 9 and Jacob Ryan, 2, out collecting.

"Itís good to be able to highlight the safety principles of Halloween," she says.

"Itís something some people donít like but itís here to stay and youíve got to come up with a safety plan for kids to go out."

To enter the costume competition, children can upload photos of their Halloween costumes to the Neighbourhood Support website or post them to the PO Box address by noon on November 3.

Children also have to answer a series of questions including what number to call in an emergency, who to call when reporting crimes that happened in the past and where their nearest police station is.

Community constables and community board members will be responsible for judging the best outfits and giving out prizes.

Other activities include a street party on Saturday at Sunnydene Special School from 1pm to 3pm for people in the Three Kings area.

Fire safety will also be highlighted around Guy Fawkes, on November 5.

Mr Hicks says Neighbourhood Week is about neighbours and communities getting to know one another.

"If they know each other, people are more likely to be able to look after each other. Itís much safer than if they are strangers."

Money raised in the appeal will help provide infrastructure like crime alerts and information.

For more information about Neighbourhood Week or to volunteer, go to http://www.auckland.neighbourhood support.com

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundaystartimes/auckland/4741967a6497.html

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