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Post By EternalOutsider. 12/11/12, 05:51 pm

neimhaille wrote:
I did see you in person in your Kaz and I would be hesitant about it being okay in the main hall- from experience you need to be able to check your feet constantly as there are prams and wheelies galore. It's packed.
That said if you have a minder and stay out in the foyer, sort of near the side, you can greet the kids as they come in :) There is lots of light, and you are not so likely to be in a pathway :)
And then there is the corridor to disappear down to remove the head piece as needed

Put me down as a tentative then, provided i can organize a minder. If its super packed i will defiantly need one.

Evan (EternalOutsider) as King Kazma
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Post By sakura_petals. 13/11/12, 04:53 am

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Post By shannonxmaree. 14/11/12, 05:22 am

This sounds like a wonderful thing to do!~

I just ordered an Alice in Wonderland costume. Laughing

Will be great to finally meet you all.
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Post By neimhaille. 15/11/12, 03:01 am

I hope I didn't miss out on anyone :) I"m going to email mark today to update him with what a great response :) I'll also ask him about the schedule just to make sure it's here all official like :)

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24 November, 2012 Sat Christchurch: CBS Canterbury Arena, Addington Christchurch
Fleyer Tinkerbell (yay!)
Sakura Petals: Belle

01 December, 2012 Sat Hamilton: Mystery Creek Events Centre

08 December, 2012 Sat Auckland: Showgrounds, Greenlane Auckland
Tintango, Beast
BrunetteEyes: Jasmine
Saf- Supergirl
Eternal Outsider, King Kazma (seriously, you should be fine in the foyer area XD)
Number IX- Raven (honestly if you can make it that would be wonderful, please don't stress too much- I'll let Mark know :)
Fleyer: Belle

15 December, 2012 Sat Wellington: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua Wellington
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Shannonxmaree: Alice in Wonderland






I just wanted to say thank you all so very very much :) I am going to miss the Wellington one but will be in Wellington that weekend if anyone wants to catch up on Sunday :)

Also if anyone needs a minder in Auckland I will wear Cinderella after all so I can be mobile and help be a pair of free hands :)


PS sorry for my grumpiness in an earlier post. All is good, we just now have two groups for Christchurch potentially and I can leave that to Mark to count heads ;)
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Post By brunetteyes. 17/11/12, 03:56 am

I've just realised that my close friend's 21st is the night before this so I wont be able to attend anymore.

sad I'm super bummed I have to miss another year D: I'm sorry.
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Post By fleyer. 20/11/12, 06:47 pm

Okay bumping to say I probably won't make the Chch one (won't finish anything in that time) but hopefully I can still make Tinkerbell for Auckland instead!
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Post By arjaytistic. 23/11/12, 11:14 am

Hi, I'd like to attend, I have a fairy costume. My sister would like to also as Esmerelda.

-- rj xx


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Post By EternalOutsider. 23/11/12, 04:28 pm

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Eternal Outsider, King Kazma (seriously, you should be fine in the foyer area XD)

Well if you think i will be good there, mark me down as confirmed. Very Happy
With my new ventilation system installed, i should get good run times out of Kaz. I'll just make friends with a security person or something and ask therm to keep an eye on me, incase i get mobbed by kiddywinks LOL.
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Post By TinTango. 03/12/12, 07:26 am

I might have to switch costumes, just realised my Beast mask is too scary.
Will change to either Hulk or Shrek 2.0
Both are green.
Despite being Marvel, I can hang with Supergirl and Raven- for a superhero crossover team-up!

@brunetteyes- don't worry these things happen. Will miss you, but see you next year!

@fleyer you'll fit in with Arjay's fairy.
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Post By Highlander. 03/12/12, 10:23 am

We had seven people for Christchurch. Some were easily recognised such as Alice and Minnie. The kids were 4-12. A few recognised some Naurto or Sailor Moon characters. We shared a backstage room with the 501st.

I think most of us were pretty nervous to start with. But we gave out caps and balloons. It helped break the ice. We must remember to bring Marker pens next time to sign hats with. Some of us did help in Santa's grotto. Which has no Santa in it. But lots of very good presents. We were guiding kids and parents for a couple of hours. I think the look on their faces when they saw what they got was worth it.
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Post By Number-IX. 03/12/12, 10:36 am

Also, spazattack has asked me to put her name down as a maybe as well! She'll be attending the Auckland party hopefully as either Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland or Robin from Teen Titans
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Post By EternalOutsider. 04/12/12, 03:22 pm

So, should we be expecting some instructions soon? when/where to show up, anything we need bring (snacks, water, etc?)

Cheers
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Post By neimhaille. 05/12/12, 02:08 pm

Hello! I asked mark if he had some official thing I could post but he doesn't so here we go:

There is a big group meeting at 10.30am where mark rallies the troops and gives you an outline for the day. The famlies are let in soon after and continues for as long as is needed to get all the children all their presents.

So best to be there between 9.30 and 10am. For Auckland the doors are the ones that were closest to the info booth at Auckland Armageddon. There will be a line of families waiting to get in, politely walk past them and tell the person at the door you are part of the costumed helpers. Best to not be in costume and get changed at the venue. I use the upstairs toilets.

If we all make sure to meet inside near the the info booth that was at about 10, 1015 we can then all head in to the main hall and listen to the speech :)

There are multiple options depending on your ability to move in costume! You can escort children through the grotto to get their presents. This is best for anyone in a costume that doesn't pose an issue to mobility. I did this in my Reinette and had to stop because my costume kept getting in the way of others. In my Ever After gown it was fine :) It is very crowded at that end of the hall with lines waiting for the grotto and with the food area.
You can roam the main hall and encourage participation with games or other activities.
You can also welcome attendees at the main entrance which is best for those in costumes that are bulky or difficult to move in. There is a steady flow through the day so is still an important part :)

The day usually ends between 2-3pm and you are not expected to stay to the very end. 10-2 is a full on day in costume :) There is a room upstairs where snacks and hot tea are provided. I keep forgetting to take a time out and wind up crashing up there from about 1.30. This time I plan on having a short break so as to be on the floor later in the day as well :)

There is a volunteer tent inside the main hall too. Usually directly beside the stage so we can leave bags there. Again I'll try and be there earlyish so can be a point of contact :) It probably is a better idea to use the toilets for changing so as to keep the tent fairly clear for other volunteers to also use :)

Tim is also a really good point of contact:) Super impressed with how incredibly well he worked the hall :) If in doubt, look for Tim!
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Post By EternalOutsider. 05/12/12, 02:34 pm

With a bit of luck my ears wont hit those taller door frames. It was mostly the ones in the lobby/Ticket area that gave me trouble.
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Post By neimhaille. 06/12/12, 05:38 am

:) I'll be dressed as Princess Leia. In the oh so pretty sack of whiteness ;) Given Disney's recent purchace I figured I could flit between team Disney and team Star Wars this way ;)
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Post By neimhaille. 07/12/12, 03:52 am

Sorry for the bump, but I will not be able to atend due to health reasons (been sick since armageddon and while I'm no longer infectious I'm too much at risk of picking up a fresh infection).

So please look for Tim, he really does know exactly ho to roll in this event :)
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Post By TinTango. 07/12/12, 01:04 pm

We're going to miss you tomorrow Michaela sad
But thank you so much for organizing this event.
We will do our best to represent you, and the cosplay community, with pride!

I'll see everyone tomorrow by the info booth between 10-10.15
and I'll be dressed as Shrek. Make sure you get plenty of sleep tonight,
it is going to be great!
If you have any last questions- feel free to DM me and I'll give you my cellphone.
I'll check this thread tomorrow morning before I come.

Good night! :night:
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Post By EternalOutsider. 08/12/12, 07:43 am

Well that was a different experience Very Happy . I certainly got my work out for the day. all that knelling down sweatdrop . Great to meet TinTango and Aarjaytistic

I sadly couldn't stay the entire day. I had some Xmas presents to sort out, and the heat was starting to get to me. sweatdrop

Most of the kids were into it. They loved TinTango as Shrek.

LOL, one mother wanted me to hold her baby, I had to strongly decline. shush

All in all very fun to see all the smiling kids having a good time.

All you no-shows missed out, There were free donuts! Laughing (actually was quite impressed with the volunteer lounge Smile )

Cheers
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Post By fleyer. 08/12/12, 10:40 am

Bummed I couldn't make it here guys, that's my bad cause a family thing came up (and that does hold priority with me) but next year for sure.

How did it go otherwise?
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Post By brunetteyes. 08/12/12, 12:13 pm

Aw im so bummed i couldnt make it either sad That sounds like lots of fun and I would have loved to catch up with Tim and Arjay and EO D:

Oh well. I'll have to plan next year better then so I can go.
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Post By Highlander. 04/11/13, 05:26 pm

Is anyone organising anything for this year?
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Post By gasaidoll. 05/11/13, 07:52 am

This sounds really good! If it is on this year then I already have my cosplay planned ^w^
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Post By Highlander. 05/11/13, 10:15 am

The SPCC is definitely on every year. Check its website for dates. The question is who is going to co-ordinate who is going, emailing the organiser to let them know who wants to come, etc. Normally that is neimhaille. But since we haven't heard, and it's about a month away I thought I would ask.
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Post By TinTango. 18/11/13, 08:36 am

Hi everybody, just letting you guys know,
The Special Children's Christmas Party is on again this year!
Neimhaille has asked me to be the contact person for 2013, so I'm getting the ball rolling :)

The SCCP (Special Children's Christmas Party) is basically a charitable event for chronically ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in our communities. A party is held in most major cities, usually on a Saturday from 10am until 3pm(?) for these children and their families, giving them food, rides, fun activities, and donated presents. A special Christmas treat!

For the last 2 years, myself and a few other CNZ cosplayers have helped out by cosplaying some child friendly characters (I go as Shrek each year), and interacting with these children and their families, so that they enjoy themselves. This is an entirely voluntary event, which can be tiring, but is very rewarding for those who take part.

If you're interested in participating, please feel free to contact me for further details,

Otherwise you can check out their website for sponsors: http://www.sccpnz.co.nz/index.php

The dates this year are:

30th November- Hamilton; Mystery Creek Events Centre

7th December- Christchurch; CBS Canterbury Arena

8th December (Sunday)- Wellington; Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

14th December- Auckland Showgrounds, Greenlane.

Let me know if you have any questions Very Happy
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