Christmas tree festival 2019
28 Nov
CFNZ

Wellington Airport sparkles for cystic fibrosis

28 November 2019

The Cystic Fibrosis Christmas Tree Festival is back at Wellington Airport for its 11th year.

From traditionally decorated, to modern and quirky, the trees decorated by local organisations will be lighting up Wellington International Airport from now until 6 January 2020.

Participants sponsoring trees include the All Blacks, Singapore Airlines, NZ Post, Whittakers and many others.

Donations made during the festival go towards support services for the 530 children and adults with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand.

27-year-old Victoria University student Hanna Meates is incredibly thankful to Wellington Airport, businesses, organisations and the New Zealand public for its ongoing support.

“Cystic fibrosis affects every part of my life and makes day to day things much harder than it is for a normal person. I get run down and sick easily and am at constant risk of chest infections, sometimes even just brushing my teeth and eating can leave me breathless.

“I have regular two-week hospital stays to have IV antibiotics though my port-a-cath which is an implant in my chest that acts as a permanent IV line,” Hanna says.

“The raising of money for CF is so important as there is no cure for this condition, and we need all the funding we can so we can continue to do the research it takes to help the CF community to live full, normal and most importantly healthy, long lives.”

Last year the festival raised over $40,000, helping to provide affected families with personalised support from a local CF field worker, the provision of medical equipment, contributions towards research and advocacy for better access to treatments and care.

The trees are judged by a resident artist, with the winning tree announced at the gala opening.

“Hosting the Cystic Fibrosis Christmas Tree Festival is an annual highlight for Wellington Airport,” Manager Brand and Innovation at Wellington Airport Jo Maxwell says.

“We love the heart and community spirit it brings to the terminal during the festive season, whilst helping to boost awareness and raise much-needed funds for Kiwis living with the condition.”

If you’re travelling through Wellington International Airport this festive season, make sure you arrive with time to spare so you can see the trees and pop a donation in one of the collection boxes.

Visit our Cystic Fibrosis Wellington Christmas Tree Festival Facebook page to see this year's amazing trees.