Bal­loon event back in 2015

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

The Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance fundraiser is set to re­turn in 2015.

Or­gan­iser Rex­ine Hawes said the event, which is run along­side Daf­fodil Day on Au­gust 28, is a won­der­ful way to hon­our loved ones.

‘‘ While it’s an ad­di­tional fundraiser to Daf­fodil Day, it’s more than that,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s bring­ing peo­ple to­gether who have gone through can­cer, ei­ther them­selves or with a loved one.’’

She said the re­lease of bal­loons as the sun was go­ing down is a way to pay trib­ute to loved ones who have fought, are fight­ing or have lost their battle with can­cer.

Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance is held ev­ery two years and Hawes said she was now look­ing for the com­mu­nity’s sup­port.

She needs ap­prox­i­mately 150 vol­un­teers for Daf­fodil Day and Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance.

‘‘There are plenty of jobs avail­able and I don’t like to turn any­one away if they want to help.’’

Hawes said she un­der­stands busi­nesses are un­der fi­nan­cial pres­sure and are ap­proached of­ten to as­sist com­mu­nity events; how­ever Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance can­not go ahead with­out the com­mu­nity be­hind it, and there are ways to be in­volved with­out mon­e­tary sup­port.

‘‘If you can do­nate spe­cific items that we need, rather than money or even vol­un­teer your time, it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

There will be prizes at Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance and a raf­fle ta­ble at Daf­fodil Day, plus ad­di­tional things through­out the month of Au­gust.

Money raised from Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance and Daf­fodil Day will go to the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety, ear­marked for the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

Photo: LUVBUG PHOTOGRAPHY

Bal­loons of Re­mem­brance is back again this Au­gust.

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