Life-affirming relay a success
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.
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.