Funds for child cancer

Clutha Leader - - WINTER MOTORING - MARY-JO TOHILL

The re­cent sec­ond an­nual Ta­panui Scare­crow Com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted more than 25 en­tries, which has so far raised about $1400 for the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion.

Two weeks ago, Fair­fax in­cor­rectly re­ported that fig­ure as $14,000. The er­ror is re­gret­ted.

The West Otago com­mu­nity has re­ceived ac­co­lades for putting on this colour­ful, pop­u­lar event, coor­gan­ised by Hi­lary Illing­worth. She said the event cre­ated in­ter­est on Ta­panui’s streets. The event raised $2346 last year.

‘‘We had a lot of fun with this event and hope­fully have raised not only funds but aware­ness for a very de­serv­ing charity.’’

She said the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion had been a great sup­port to a lo­cal family in the past few years. Re­cent re­cip­i­ent Jock Davies and his mum Sarah at­tended the fi­nale, where they ran the raf­fle table and Jock pre­sented the prizes.

The Child Cancer Foun­da­tion pro­vides sup­port for fam­i­lies, par­ents and chil­dren im­pacted by child cancer. Ev­ery week in New Zealand, more than three chil­dren are di­ag­nosed with cancer. They are the main re­cip­i­ents of do­nated blood.

In 2016, 636 fam­i­lies na­tion­wide were af­fected by cancer and sup­ported by the foun­da­tion, with 3862 fam­i­lies vis­ited, and 127 helped with gro­cery costs.

‘‘Marvin the Mar­tian’’ won the 5-year-old cat­e­gory for Stacey Cleaver, Graeme Blythe and Cameron King.

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