Life-af­firm­ing re­lay a success

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata was well rep­re­sented at the 10th Re­lay for Life in Hamil­ton with two teams, the Pohlen Pink Pan­thers and the Hob­biton Pi­rates, tak­ing part.

The Pohlen Pink Pan­thers raised $4520.50 and the Hob­biton Pi­rates raised $2888.

The Re­lay For Life saw hun­dreds of team mem­bers, sur­vivors and spec­ta­tors from across the Waikato de­scend on AgRe­search, Ruakura at the week­end.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety’s 22-hour fundrais­ing and aware­ness event cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary in Hamil­ton this year, rais­ing more than $170,000, an amount which is ex­pected to in­crease in the coming weeks as team fundrais­ing con­tin­ues to come in.

Hamil­ton team KnACCk­ered raised $14,200 and took home the Dav­i­son Shield for fundrais­ing, and the West­side Ki­wa­nis Shield for the school fundrais­ing prize went to St Peter’s School Cam­bridge, who raised $2400. The prize for best-dressed team went to Te Awa­mutu team the Care Bears.

‘‘It’s been an in­cred­i­ble week­end and an amaz­ing way to cel­e­brate 10 years of Re­lay For Life in Hamil­ton,’’ Waikato- Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokes­woman Rachael Moun­sey said.

‘‘It’s truly hum­bling to see the sup­port and pas­sion the com­mu­nity has for this event.’’

More than 90 teams, more than 200 sur­vivors and hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors came out to have fun and en­joy the en­ter­tain­ment while hon­our­ing their sur­vivors and remembering the loved ones they have lost to can­cer.

‘‘The sur­vivors’ lap, which opens Re­lay For Life, was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial this year with so many sur­vivors at­tend­ing, along with a sup­port per­son who helped them along their can­cer jour­ney. It’s very mov­ing to see all those pur­ple sur­vivor sashes proudly worn as they march around the track.’’

The Can­cer So­ci­ety would like to sin­cerely thank the ded­i­cated vol­un­teer or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the dozens of peo­ple who vol­un­teered dur­ing the event week­end, the amaz­ing busi­nesses and trusts who spon­sored the event, and of course all those who fundraised, par­tic­i­pated and sup­ported Re­lay For Life.

All funds raised through Re­lay For Life stay in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty re­gion and as­sist the Can­cer So­ci­ety to pro­vide sup­port­ive care for can­cer pa­tients, their car­ers, whanau and friends, fund can­cer re­search and pro­vide the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion on the ways to re­duce the risk of can­cer.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit re­lay­for­life.org.nz, email events@ can­cer­so­ci­ety. org. nz or phone 07 838 2027.

Per­fect in pink: The Pohlen Pink Pan­thers. Back from left: Nicky Sankey, An­ton Turner, Martin Miles, Haana Candy, Lisa Leaver. Front from left: Kerielle Sankey, Lo­raine Je­cen­tho, Suellen Woods, Lynda Potts, Jan­nette War­ing.

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Fight­ing for the cause: The Hob­biton Pi­rates made up of Odette Ford, An­drea and Cerys Wo­gan, Carol Ben­nett, Kait­lyn Hastie, Lisa Hazel­ton, Me­gan Shan­non, Milly Keys, Tessa Gosling, Alex and Tayla Car­son, Emily Lawrence, Ali­cia Ste­wart, Michelle Cross, Ni­cola Ste­wart, Ni­cola Walsh and Ka­t­rina and Quynn Tanirau.

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