Sweet es­cape for Kiwi care­giver

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Amid­dle-aged Kiwi called Lynn Pater­son is cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing New Zealand by kayak in an at­tempt to be the first fe­male to do so, and to raise funds for the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

When she was younger, Lynne spent a cou­ple of years in Hawke’s Bay do­ing a hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice­ship and she was back again in Novem­ber, as part of her jour­ney down the east coast.

Lynn is un­der­tak­ing this chal­lenge to raise aware­ness of the work of the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion and to draw at­ten­tion to the chal­lenge faced by car­ers such as her­self and the un­der­ly­ing strength re­quired to do the job.

Hav­ing set out from Taka­puna in Oc­to­ber, head­ing south down the east coast, she has re­cently com­pleted cir­cuit­ing Ste­wart Is­land and is start­ing out on the long stretch north­wards in the hope of ar­riv­ing back home in Auck­land in April.

In con­junc­tion with the up­com­ing Al­liance Franc¸aise French Film Fes­ti­val at Cinema Gold in Have­lock North, the Hawke’s Bay French As­so­ci­a­tion is jump­ing on board with Lynn by or­gan­is­ing a spe­cial pro­mo­tion in con­nec­tion with the film The Sweet Es­cape on Satur­day, April 2, in aid of the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion.

In this charm­ing com­edy, a French­man suf­fers amid-life cri­sis and de­cides to go off on an ad­ven­ture, kayak­ing through some of France’s most beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.

The or­gan­is­ers of the film fes­ti­val are of­fer­ing a glass of sparkling wine at 5.15pm, be­fore the screen­ing of the film at 6pm, while lo­cal out­lets such as La Pe­tite Chocolat, Mon­sieur Mac­aron, Port o’Call, The Coffee Club and Pic­nic/FGSmith/ Al­bion Can­teen are of­fer­ing tast­ings of some of their sweet goods.

Ac­tion Out­doors Napier will be mount­ing a dis­play of kayak­ing cloth­ing and equip­ment, some mem­bers of the Hawke’s Bay Kayak Rac­ing Club will do a pre­sen­ta­tion and there will also be a photo dis­play of Lynn’s kayak­ing ex­ploits.

Asup­ple­ment of $3 has been added to the nor­mal price of cinema tick­ets which are now on sale at Cinema Gold in Have­lock North. Asim­i­lar pro­mo­tion last year en­ti­tled Hand­made with Love in Hawke’s Bay, in­volv­ing ar­ti­sans from the Hast­ings Farm­ers’ Mar­ket , was a huge suc­cess, with some lo­cal sup­pli­ers still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing spinoffs from that event.

To fur­ther boost the do­na­tion to the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion, a $5 raf­fle is be­ing held with prizes do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. Th­ese in­clude a five-course de­gus­ta­tion din­ner, with wine pair­ings for two, at Paci­fica, an orig­i­nal art­work by Jules Clarke and orig­i­nal glass­ware by Vicky Har­ris (both pieces with a kayak­ing theme), fam­ily pack­ages from The Na­tional Aquar­ium of New Zealand and Ocean Spa, a copy of John Kir­wan’s book All Blacks Don’t Cry from Pa­per Plus Taradale and a Devon­shire tea for two from Port o’ Call. There is also a LED light head­lamp from Ac­tion Out­doors Napier, aHel­mut Hir­ler B/W Aotearoa cal­en­dar from Art­mo­sphere Gallery, a bou­quet in­spired by the colours of the sea from The Flower Bar­row and two one-hour hire ses­sions of kayak, pad­dle and life jacket from Pandora Kayaks, as well as three dou­ble passes for Cinema Gold in Have­lock North to be won.

Tick­ets for the raf­fle, to be drawn fol­low­ing the screen­ing, will be avail­able on the night and there will be sev­eral spot prizes, in­clud­ing bags of muesli from Peggy Dar­ing, prod­ucts from Te Mata Figs and a gateau from Pic­nic/FGSmith/Al­bion Can­teen.

CHAL­LENGE: Lynn Pater­son is cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing New Zealand by kayak to raise funds for the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

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