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Popular Craze Brought to Whangarei Hospital


The Loom Band craze currently doing the rounds at primary schools was brought to the children’s ward at Whangarei Hospital today.

Pompallier College students take part in an annual service day event and one group decided to bring some joy to the children’s ward by teaching them how to make the intricate jewellery bands.

Teacher/group organiser Gillian Ross says the whole school, involving around 530 students, divides into groups of up to ten where they are encouraged to come up with a way to be of service to the community. They then seek sponsorship, hoping to raise up to 10,000, and the money raised goes back into the community.

The loom is a plastic device used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets and charms.

One member of the group had researched on YouTube how to make the bracelets before giving the rest of the group a crash-course.

“They (the students) all love them and have been wearing them since,” she says.

The bands went down a treat in Ward Two’s playroom with seven-year-old Charlotte Hay deep in concentration emerging to say it was “fun”.



Charlotte Hay, 7, learns the ropes from Pompallier College student Rojena Fuentes



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