Fun fairies sparkle at fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.