Balloon event back in 2015
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.
Balloons of Remembrance is back again this August.