Funds help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - MEGAN SUTHER­LAND

The pres­sures felt by Macken­zie sports­peo­ple and their fam­i­lies in trav­el­ling to Ti­maru and Oa­maru may be al­le­vi­ated with a ma­jor fundraiser.

The Hard Labour Week­end event in Twizel has been con­firmed for Labour Week­end.

Par­tic­i­pants can kayak the Macken­zie canals, or run or bike to raise money for sport­ing groups in the Twizel com­mu­nity.

The fundraiser fo­cuses on help­ing chil­dren’s sports, and tack­ling one of the big­gest pres­sures on chil­dren and par­ents who have to travel long dis­tances for sport.

About $20,000 was raised for youth sports from reg­is­tra­tions and spon­sors last year but there was a hope this year could raise even more, com­mit­tee mem­ber Kevin Moore said.

‘‘The money is so im­por­tant for our kids here as they have to travel ev­ery­where for sport.’’

This year’s event will be boosted by a new, 30 kilo­me­tre kayak marathon. Sport Twizel, which started in Novem­ber, was also now in­volved.

Sport Twizel chair­man Bevan New­land said trav­el­ling for sport prac­tices or games to Oa­maru or Ti­maru was a huge com­mit­ment for chil­dren and par­ents.

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