Fam­ily Af­fair leads Tararua at Re­lay For Life

Bush Telegraph - - Trades And Services Directory - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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