Fun fairies sparkle at festival
Ever wished you could have a go at dragon boating?
A group of Sunflower Fairies could make your dream come true this weekend at Gulf Harbour.
The Auckland Women’s Dragon Boat team will be dressed in bright yellow sparkly tutus to support the Make-A-Wish Field of Dreams Summer Festival this year.
Make-A-Wish New Zealand is hosting a series of week day, evening and weekend events at Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour until March 24.
The festival is a major fundraiser to enable MakeA-Wish to grant magical wishes to children with lifethreatening medical conditions.
At Fairway Bay, 9000 sunflowers have been planted to provide a breathtaking backdrop to the already stunning scenery. Visitors will be able to eat and drink in cafes, play in the water, shop at markets, picnic, enjoy entertainment, be involved in a range of competitions and activities, and enjoy evening outdoor movies under the stars.
The Auckland Dragon Boat association is supporting Make-A-Wish on Sunday with fun racing and give-it- a-go sessions in the boats for kids and adults.
The Auckland Women’s Dragon Boat team is one of the many who are keen to support this event, and team captain Deborah Camplin says they will be easy to spot in costumes made by clever team members for the day.
Auckland Women’s Dragon Boat is a group of 22 friends all aged over 40, who train at Westhaven Marina, compete in regattas around New Zealand and in November last year competed in the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast.
They are the current New Zealand Women’s champion team – taking gold at the nationals in 2012.
Mrs Camplin says the team is hoping to get to the Dragon Boat Club Crew World Championships in Italy in 2014.
She says the Make-A-Wish organisation is of personal significance for two of the team members.
Sandy Johnson’s daughter Finlee died of cancer four years ago, at the age of nine.
She had started to plan her Make-A-Wish to visit the What Now television studio in Christchurch.
Sadly Finlee died before she was able to have her wish fulfilled, but Ms Johnson remains grateful to the organisation for their offer and support.
Vicki Niethe’s son Keegan suffers from cystic fibrosis.
In 2011 Keegan visited Weta Studio in Wellington and met Peter Jackson on the Hobbit set.
Have a go: The Auckland Womens Dragon Boat team will be dressed in bright yellow sparkly tutus to support the Make-A-Wish Field of Dreams Summer Festival at Gulf Harbour.