Fun day for serious Relay for Life message

Wonderful turnout, support and atmosphere.

Wonderful turnout, support and atmosphere.

The turnout, the support, the atmosphere for the 2017 East Coast Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Awapuni Stadium over the weekend was “incredible”, says society manager Judy Livingston. Above is the Circus-inspired Te Hapara Primary School team called Te Hapara Cirque Du Relay, which won the prize for best decorated tent. From left at back are Hannah Baty, Jess Duncan, Caryn Preston, Gabe Perano, Trevor Baty and Claire Daniels. In the middle are Amber Church, Tanya Nielson (behind Amber), Philippa West, principal Linda Savage and Simone Lexmond. In front are clowns Dylan Babbington and Sandra Akroyd. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
HARPER ROAD ANGELS: “HOPE” is the message from the Harper Road Angels. From left are Rosie Ellmers, Neeshr Kerekere, Chrissy Kerekere, Carol Papata and Javier Leach Kerekere.
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Meagan Hope And Caitlin Savage from Awapuni School.
Trevor Baty
Rebecca Tuapwa-Hitaua
Ashley Andrew
Justin Baty pushing Bryshone Hart
REMEMBRANCE WALK: Waimihia Hinaki gets a push along by Waimarie Hinaki holding a photo of Jo Hinaki, who lost her battle with cancer on January 11 this year.
Kayla Yuile and Grace Worters
Kay Weytmans and Daphne Arnold with a little assistance from her walker doing their bit for the cancer society fundraiser.
Erin Sycamore, Kaelin Sycamore and Laverna O'Neil, a leukemia survivor get walking shoes on.
The Duck Rockers named themselves after their grandmother.

THE Relay for Life held at Awapuni Stadium over the weekend was a huge success, says Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society manager Judy Livingston.

“I’m absolutely amazed at the event, the turnout, the support, the atmosphere.”

There were 58 teams and 1000 participants in the Cancer Society’s major fundraising event, which ran from midday on Saturday to midday Sunday.

“There must have been 2000 people there at the beginning. The atmosphere was incredible.”

She wanted to thank all the sponsors who got behind it, including The Gisborne Herald and Turanga FM.

“Without the sponsors who provided the power supply, the Weatherell truck that was used as a stage, and food for the volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to run the event.”

Ms Livingston said one of the highlights for her was the candlelight remembrance ceremony at dusk on Saturday.

“Two beautiful families shared the stories of their journeys with cancer.”

She said singer Caii-Michelle brought a tear to the eye with her moving performance.

“A tiny drizzle that started at the end of the remembrance service felt significant.”

The costumes that stood out for her were the circus-inspired outfits worn by the Te Hapara Primary School team Te Hapara Cirque Du Relay. They won the prize for Best Decorated Tent for their colourful tent with lights and balloons.

Other challenges during the relay included the whacky hat and crazy hair competition.

The Relay for Life has been held in Gisborne since 2002. So far over $24,300 has been tallied from this year’s event, with more money still to be collected.

THE Relay for Life held at Awapuni Stadium over the weekend was a huge success, says Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society manager Judy Livingston.

“I’m absolutely amazed at the event, the turnout, the support, the atmosphere.”

There were 58 teams and 1000 participants in the Cancer Society’s major fundraising event, which ran from midday on Saturday to midday Sunday.

“There must have been 2000 people there at the beginning. The atmosphere was incredible.”

She wanted to thank all the sponsors who got behind it, including The Gisborne Herald and Turanga FM.

“Without the sponsors who provided the power supply, the Weatherell truck that was used as a stage, and food for the volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to run the event.”

Ms Livingston said one of the highlights for her was the candlelight remembrance ceremony at dusk on Saturday.

“Two beautiful families shared the stories of their journeys with cancer.”

She said singer Caii-Michelle brought a tear to the eye with her moving performance.

“A tiny drizzle that started at the end of the remembrance service felt significant.”

The costumes that stood out for her were the circus-inspired outfits worn by the Te Hapara Primary School team Te Hapara Cirque Du Relay. They won the prize for Best Decorated Tent for their colourful tent with lights and balloons.

Other challenges during the relay included the whacky hat and crazy hair competition.

The Relay for Life has been held in Gisborne since 2002. So far over $24,300 has been tallied from this year’s event, with more money still to be collected.

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