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Two charitable organisations benefitted from the generosity of Waikato District Health Board (DHB) staff who celebrated the start of the Christmas season with a concert in Waikato Hospital’s Acute Services Building Atrium today.

And while there was a sound system in place, the Atrium’s acoustics and the pure voices of the Nawton Primary School kapa haka group and soloist Anna Coddington all but rendered it surplus to requirements.

Donations were made to Waikato Breast Cancer Trust, and non-perishable items given to the Salvation Army.

Nawton Primary Kapahaka group

Nawton Primary Kapahaka group

Aidee Walker, no stranger to the hospital as she filmed her third short film Break in the Weather here in August, was master of ceremonies for the event. The 33-year-old Hamilton-born actress and director is best known for her roles in Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, and more.

Aidee Walker and Santa

Aidee Walker and Santa

New Zealand artist Anna Coddington, originally from Raglan who attended school with Walker, also performed, entertaining staff with the song “Raglan City”.

But the sound highlight belonged to Nawton Primary School Kapa Haka group – who took the stage by storm.

Non-perishable food items brought by hospital staff was piled under the Christmas tree in the Atrium. All items will be distributed to families by the Salvation Army this Christmas season.

The Salvation Army fights poverty and social and spiritual distress in New Zealand, and has been doing so since 1883.

All proceedings from the staff raffle went towards breast cancer research.

“Thank you for everything you [the staff] do for the board, the hospital, and more importantly the community” said chair of the board, Bob Simcock, “whether you are in clinical or management, it is all working towards the same outcome, a healthier community”.

The huge crowd of staff mingled and enjoyed nibbles, while volunteer piano player Delwyn Houghton played Christmas carols in the background; increasing the festive mood as another successful event drew to a close.

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