Wellington Xmas Tree Festival – media release

The biggest display of Christmas trees ever seen in Wellington will be on display at Wellington Airport from next week.

Check out the black All Blacks tree, be tempted by the Whittaker’s tree, listen for birds in the Kiwibank tree and try not to be afraid of the Weta tree. Add your own photo to the AXE tree and really get in the Christmas spirit with the David Jones tree featured for the first time.

This year’s Cystic Fibrosis Wellington Christmas Tree Festival will not only see over 25 beautifully decorated Christmas Trees lighting up Wellington International Airport from 28 November until 6 January, it will also feature a huge billboard bearing the message that for some families every year is a gift.

The Festival has been running for nine years and this year is the third year that it’s being hosted by Wellington International Airport. This year the Airport has kindly donated the use of a large indoor billboard to help raise awareness about cystic fibrosis which is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder in New Zealand. It highlights the message that for some families every Christmas is a gift. The billboard features the image of a little girl holding a nebuliser pictured here on the right.

The annual festival raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis Wellington which has extended a sincere thank you to Wellington International Airport for its support and also to Chamber Music New Zealand and the NZ Symphony Orchestra which will both be playing during the Festival. The winning Christmas tree will be announced at the opening gala in December.

The annual Festival is Cystic Fibrosis Wellington’s biggest fundraiser of the year, last year raising $35,000. The funds are used to pay for a fieldworker who supports families in Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa from when a new baby is diagnosed right throughout their lives. CF Wellington Branch also provides vital equipment such as nebulisers for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) to take their medication.

The Branch is currently working closely with Capital & Coast DHB to ensure clinical rooms at the planned new Wellington Children’s Hospital will help prevent the spread of bacteria that can be life-threatening for children with CF.

Cystic Fibrosis Wellington Christmas Tree Festival

When: 28 November 2017 – 6 January 2018

Where: Wellington International Airport

For more information contact: CFNZ Wellington Branch Committee Member, Michele Wilson. Phone 027 439 9378