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