Sweet escape for Kiwi caregiver
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.