This year Kiwis can help the Wattie’s Cans Film Festival reach a significant milestone by donating its millionth can. The Festival, now in its 18th year, provides essential support for The Salvation Army, stocking up its food banks and assisting The Sallies to help those in need around New Zealand. From 1 November, New Zealanders can head to their local participating movie theatre and start swapping their cans for movie tickets ahead of the event on 9 November. Wattie’s then matches this donation with a can of its own. Movie goers need to get in early, as tickets often sell out in advance.
The Wattie’s Cans Film Festival is a great night out at the movies. For just one can of food per movie ticket, on Wednesday 9 November Kiwis can see family blockbusters, such as Mr Popper’s Penguins, Spy Kids 4 and Green Lantern at cinemas nationwide. As of today, movie lovers around the country can go online to the website to find out what movies are playing in their town. It’s a cheap, fun night out for the whole family to enjoy, while also supporting The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
It has been a difficult year for the whole of New Zealand. One year on from the first of the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, the cost of living has reached new heights. Never has there been a greater need to help The Salvation Army to lend a hand to our fellow New Zealanders.
“This year alone we have distributed more than 68,750** food parcels to New Zealanders in need,” says Salvation Army spokesman Major Robbie Ross. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of events like The Wattie’s Cans Film Festival and the generosity of Kiwis around the country.”
Once again, EVENT Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, and Reading Cinemas are generously offering their theatres for the night, along with independent cinemas, at approximately 40 locations across the country.
* All details will be on the Wattie's website.
** Figures are for the year ended 30 June 2011.