Panthers try new approach for funds
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.