Family Affair leads Tararua at Relay For Life
With six teams in the Manawatu Relay For Life, Tararua was well represented in the 18th event March 10-11.
There were 96 teams altogether, slightly down on last year.
A total of 1800 people took part in the annual walk/run around the track at Hokowhitu and by Sunday $225,000 had been raised.
This was down on last year but 20 teams had still to submit their contributions.
Family Affair from Dannevirke fielded 25 members, and won the Family and Friends section of the Manawatu event, raising $6640 on the weekend with more to come.
“We had a fantastic time at Relay For Life,” chief organiser Faye Ratima says. “Part of it is because of the cause. All of us have been touched by cancer some time in our lives. The other part is family reunion. Sometimes it is the only time we see each other. Great times are had by all.”
She said fundraising had been going on for six months with raffles sold, and the total was boosted by the donation of 10 trailer loads of firewood by Ernie Christison which they were grateful for.
Tararua’s teams — Dannevirke Community Crew, Rangitane’s Te Kete Hauora, Woodville’s WoodyTawa, Tararua College, and the Pahiatua Bush Walkers all featured at the event.
Dannevirke Community Crew’s total of $5110 after the successful quiz and raffle again was a welcome contribution to the grand total.
The weather this year was lovely, a real change from last year when heavy rain stopped the circuiting from 7pm-7am.
After the survivors’ walk and the march-by of the teams, the serious work of carrying the baton started and ran all through the night.
There was a return to the banter of teams egging on their representatives carrying the baton and anyone else walking.
High School teams resumed their rivalry to see which could complete the most laps.
The memorial lantern circuit as night fell was a very moving occasion as teams remembered loved ones who had died.
Entertainment and food was on hand throughout the daylight hours and by noon on Sunday people celebrated the completion of a very enjoyable event.
A highlight of the weekend was the arrival of the America’s Cup.
Field Officer for the Manawatu Cancer Society Shirley Walker said she was proud of all who had participated, demonstrating once again the people of Tararua’s generosity of time, energy and money.
Bill and Lois Fletcher walking for Family Affair. They are cousins from Palmerston North who have been with the team most of the way.
Banner flying, some of Family Affair march at the beginning on Saturday March 10.
Most of the Family Affair Team enjoying the sun.