The great Gingerbread House Challenge is back! Following great success in its first year in 2010, the challenge is on again to raise funds for Wellington Children's Hospital in this unique and delicious way.
All Blacks Piri Weepu and Cory Jane launched the return of the popular Prime Hotels Gingerbread House Challenge at Wellington Children's Hospital on Thursday 17th November.
The "All Black Kick off House" decorated by Prime Hotel staff for the launch and was auctioned on Trade Me, along with a photo of the house signed by both Piri Weepu and Cory Jane. Proceeds from the auction went to Wellington Children's Hospital.
Two Wellington sisters, Antoinette Muollo-Aharoni and Justine Muollo (pictured below), cooked up the idea of the Gingerbread House Challenge last year as a fun way to bring Wellington families together for Christmas and raise money for a good cause. Justine, who owns her own bakery, produces them while Antoinette uses her contacts in the hospitality sector to support the fundraiser. This year is the second in what has become an annual family tradition to raise money for a great Wellington cause.
Kits cost $25.00 with $10.00 from the sale of each house going to Wellington Children's Hospital.
Enclosed in the kit are the house parts, made out of gingerbread and a recipe for making delicious icing that will hold the house parts together. Purchase the lollies and any other decorations separately so you can make a truly unique Gingerbread House.
- Best Decorated Christmas House
- Best "Wellywood" House
- Best "Memories of Kiwiana 2011" House.
There are great prizes up for grabs including an iPad, iPod touches, accommodation and more.
BUY YOUR GINGERBREAD HOUSE TODAY at:
- The Hospital Gift Shop at the main entrance of Wellington Hospital
- Moore Wilsons, Wellington City
- Prime Hotels - The Abel Tasman Hotel or Central City Apartment Hotel
(Please note, due to the fragile nature of this product, there will be no online sales or shipping of kits this year.)
"Decorating a gingerbread house has always been a fun Christmas tradition in my family" says Antoinette. "It brings everyone together and creates a really memorable family experience. We wanted to share the idea with other families and raise funds for the Wellington Children's Hospital, because it touches so many families lives, and you never know when you might need it."
Bill Day, Chair of Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation said this novel way to support Children's Hospital is so much appreciated by all the sick kids and families who spend time in hospital. Last year sales of the kits were an immediate sell-out and we think this will be the case this year. "It's just magnificent"