Media Release November 2008
Botany's Santa Soupopera Charity Concert
The annual mission to spread good cheer is well underway at Botany Town Centre, where the community will gather on
November 20 to enjoy the warmth of giving, the spectacular sight of Christmas lights, and spirit-lifting carols and
other music at the Santa SOUPOPERA Charity Concert.
An institution among the centre’s Yuletide festivities, the concert is dedicated to the purpose of Christmas and
historically has supported a variety of charities. This year, says Botany Town Centre Senior Centre Manager Jennifer
Manning, all proceeds from the event, including donated cans of food, will go to the Auckland City Mission.
“Many families will be feeling the pinch and simply won’t be able to afford a real Christmas this year. We see the
concert as an opportunity to give something to those less fortunate, in whatever way suits each person – it can be large
or small,” Ms Manning says.
“Concertgoers can enjoy the highlights of this year’s Santa SOUPOPERA Charity Concert, which includes the lighting of
the nine-metre Christmas tree, 60,000 fairy lights, the arrival of Santa and a mix of music that will appeal to the
The concert kicks off at 6.30pm on Thursday 20 November in Botany Town Centre’s Town Square. Those who attend will be
entertained by the Salvation Army Band, ABBA Gold, singers, dancers and the All Star Cheerleaders.
All stores at Botany Town Centre will be open until 10pm.
“It is a fantastic night out for the whole family, full of fun and entertainment, and a chance to get some Christmas
shopping done,” Ms Manning says.