Expo is ready
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.