Funds for child cancer
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.