Expo is ready

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer will have an­other chance to ‘‘cel­e­brate, re­mem­ber and fight back’’ at the Re­lay for Life Expo in Porirua next month.

The expo, on March 5, fol­lows the suc­cess of the first lo­cally-hosted Re­lay for Life at Te Rau­paraha Park last year and hopes to keep the spirit of the re­lay alive, said project man­ager Kelly Atkin­son.

Ms Atkin­son, from New Zealand Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Welling­ton branch, said plenty had been achieved since the first event.

‘‘As a re­sult of last year’s re­lay there are new ser­vices and pro­grammes in Porirua and this expo is also an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Porirua’s achieve­ments with win­ning two awards [at the In­ter­na­tional Heart of Re­lay Awards last Novem­ber].’’

Ms Atkin­son said the expo would fea­ture loads of free ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic and food stalls.

Re­lay teams, can­cer sur­vivors, car­ers, sup­port­ers and fans of the event would be wel­come to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties and watch the com­mu­nity pre­miere of the Re­lay Porirua doc­u­men­tary by Chris Gra­ham, she said.

There will be a spe­cial cer­e­mony to bless ashes from can­dle bags that en­cir­cled the track last year.

The next re­lay is planned for 2012 and Re­lay for Life chair Sarah Tu­mai said the expo aimed to ‘‘keep the mo­men­tum’’ go­ing.

’’ Peo­ple are still talk­ing about Re­lay Porirua, it’s huge and it’s hum­bling. It’s rare that you have an event and peo­ple are still talk­ing about it a year later. We can gain new ideas ev­ery time we have lit­tle events in be­tween re­lays.

‘‘Once we got the knowl­edge of how big that [In­ter­na­tional Heart] award was, it was ex­cit­ing for Porirua to be in that light on the world stage.’’

The expo will run from 1pm till 4.30pm at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

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