Pan­thers try new ap­proach for funds

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata lo­cals Suellen Woods and Jan­nette War­ing al­ways stand out at the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay For Life. Their team, the Pink Pan­thers, is al­ways among the best dressed with their bright pink cos­tumes.

The 2013 Re­lay For Life, which is now open for reg­is­tra­tions, will be the team’s third Re­lay and they are busy up­ping the stakes with their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

In ad­di­tion to their usual quizzes, raf­fles and on­line fundrais­ing, this year they are tak­ing their fundrais­ing to the golf green.

A Mata­mata farm will soon be play­ing host to the team’s golf tour­na­ment fundraiser, to be held on a course de­signed and dug by the ladies’ hus­bands.

‘‘ It’s a bit dif­fer­ent but should be a lot of fun,’’ said team co­cap­tain, Suellen.

Re­lay For Life is a fun, overnight event which in­volves teams of ten or more walking or run­ning around a track for 22 hours – though only one team mem­ber needs to be on the track at any one time.

It’s not a race – Re­lay is about cel­e­brat­ing with those who have over­come can­cer, remembering loved ones lost to can­cer and fight­ing back against can­cer by rais­ing funds and aware­ness for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety.

The 2013 Re­lay For Life will be held from 2pm on Satur­day, March 9 till noon on Sun­day, March 10 at AgRe­search, Ruakura, in Hamil­ton.

‘‘We really en­joy it,’’ said team co- cap­tain, Jan­nette.

‘‘You meet so many peo­ple and ev­ery­one’s happy to be there. It’s also great see­ing ev­ery­one’s cos­tumes.’’

The Pohlen Hospi­tal work­place team started when their boss saw Re­lay For Life ad­ver­tised in the pa­per.

There is a se­ri­ous side to the Pink Pan­thers. Ev­ery­one in the team has been af­fected by can­cer to some de­gree.

‘‘My son, mother and fa­ther are can­cer sur­vivors,’’ said Suellen. ‘‘ My son walks in the sur­vivors’ lap.’’

Suellen has also lost a cousin to the disease while Jan­nette’s grandma has had a mas­tec­tomy.

They see the can­dle­light cer­e­mony as the sad­dest part of the week­end.

As dusk falls the track is lined with can­dles in dec­o­rated bags, hon­our­ing loved ones lost to can­cer.

‘‘We walk around the track and we recog­nise names of peo­ple from our com­mu­nity,’’ said Jan­nette.

The Pink Pan­thers’ golf tour­na­ment is on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 10 2013, with a 10am tee off. The newly-cre­ated golf course can be found 5km down Henry Wat­son Rd in Mata­mata.

En­try is $ 50 per team of four and en­try forms are avail­able at Pohlen Hospi­tal or by con­tact­ing Suellen Woods at suel­lenw@ pohlen. co. nz or 881 9100 ext 802.

You can also do­nate

on to the Pink Pan­thers and sup­port the Can­cer So­ci­ety by vis­it­ing ev­ery­day­hero. co. nz/ pink_­pan­thers.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Re­lay For Life, or to reg­is­ter a team visit: re­lay­for­life. org. nz, email events@ can­cer so­ci­ety.org.nz or phone 07 838 2027.

Mak­ing their mark: The 2012 Pink Pan­thers team at AgRe­search, Ruakura. Left at back: In­spec­tor Clouseau (Martin Miles), and An­ton Turner. From left at front: Lynda Potts, Jan­nette War­ing, Nicky Sankey, Lisa Leaver, Suellen Woods, Belinda Mid­son and Lo­raine Je­cen­tho.

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