Wacky wigs for fun walk

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘I came across a pam­phlet ad­ver­tis­ing for vol­un­teers at Camp Qual­ity while I was study­ing at Massey's Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, and thought 'That's me!'.’’ Anna Lind­say

Fundraiser Anna Lind­say is pre­par­ing for her fifth year as a Camp Qual­ity vol­un­teer with a Wigs On Wheels walk.

The aim is to raise money for Camp Qual­ity, an an­nual week­long sum­mer camp for young cancer pa­tients and their sib­lings de­signed to al­low them to ‘‘to get on with be­ing kids again’’.

‘‘It’s all hap­pened pretty fast. We only de­cided on the date [for the walk] a cou­ple of weeks ago,’’ Lind­say said.

Lind­say and her friend Michelle Bis­set have or­gan­ised the Wigs On Wheels 5-kilo­me­tre fun walk set for Fri­day evening to go from the Es­planade play­ground, down to the bri­dle track and re­turn.

Rid­ing wheels and wear­ing wigs aren’t oblig­a­tory, but will cer­tainly add to the colour and at­mos­phere of the oc­ca­sion.

‘‘There’s a prize for the wack­i­est wig,’’ Lind­say said.

The next camp takes place at Mar­ton’s Nga Tawa Col­lege in Jan­uary, and the early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor at Kelvin Grove’s Se­cret Gar­den has been on board since she dis­cov­ered the ‘‘fun, hope and hap­pi­ness’’ sum­mer camps while a stu­dent.

‘‘I came across a pam­phlet ad­ver­tis­ing for vol­un­teers at Camp Qual­ity while I was study­ing at Massey’s Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, and thought ‘That’s me!’.‘‘

Lind­say ap­plied for train­ing and has been ac­tively en­gaged in pro­mot­ing Camp Qual­ity ever since.

Vol­un­teers are as­signed a camper to look af­ter 24/7 for the du­ra­tion of the camp.

She will be ac­com­pa­ny­ing 7-year-old Greer Feck, who is now in re­mis­sion but who re­quires on­go­ing treat­ment to strengthen her spine.

Also pre­par­ing for her fifth Camp Qual­ity stint, Bis­set was ini­tially made aware of the camp at Mangi­maire Pri­mary School, south of Pahiatua, when she was a pupil there aged 6.

‘‘One of my teach­ers, Kate Ald­worth did camp, and I’ve had it in my head ever since.’’

Now an ed­u­ca­tor her­self - Bis­set teaches years 5 and 6 at Hokowhitu Pri­mary School - her mem­ory is tinged with a lit­tle sad­ness, as her old ru­ral school closed down last year.

For Fri­day’s walk, she has teamed with 11-year-old Quinn Hau­tapu, who was di­ag­nosed with ma­lig­nant ag­gres­sive brain cancer in 2013, and is now in re­mis­sion.

She still at­tends Star­ship hospi­tal for four-monthly check-ups.

Quinn is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in Fri­day evening’s fun al­most as much as Camp Qual­ity it­self.

The Wigs On Wheels walk starts from the Es­planade play­ground at 5.30pm, has a free sausage siz­zle, and there will be raf­fle tick­ets for sale. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is $20 for adults and a gold coin do­na­tion for un­der 13s.

‘‘100 per cent of ev­ery­thing raised goes to Camp Qual­ity,’’ Lind­say said.

Visit Wigs On Wheels Face­book event page to regis­ter.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIRFAX NZ

Anna Lind­say and Michelle Bis­set with Quinn Hau­tapu, 11, will walk in wigs to raise money for Camp Qual­ity.

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