Racing club staff weigh in to help Cancer Society

By Kaysha Brownlie

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Volunteer Rei Lambert (left), with health adviser Jocelyn Cowan, Hawke's Bay Racing Club CEO Andrew Castles and Greg Howie, with pupils Teina Kireka and Matthew Palmer. PHOTO/Paul Taylor
Volunteer Rei Lambert (left), with health adviser Jocelyn Cowan, Hawke's Bay Racing Club CEO Andrew Castles and Greg Howie, with pupils Teina Kireka and Matthew Palmer. PHOTO/Paul Taylor

Just 24 hours is dedicated to Cancer Society's Daffodil Day but the Hawke's Bay Racing Club is helping raise awareness for a month.

The club shut up shop yesterday to help Cancer Society volunteers decorate Hastings' iSite Visitor Information Centre. Mahora School students, who made the daffodils, also helped with the embellishment.

Hawke's Bay Cancer Society supportive care co-ordinator Pauline Farquhar said August was like Daffodil Month, peaking on August 26, the actual day. The racing club's staff helped out in the Hawke's Bay's Cancer Society office, preparing the collectible boxes and stuffing them with the silk flowers.

"It's amazing, they were so quick," Ms Farquhar said.

Having the extra help meant team members were not taking time from their day-to-day work.

"It's so amazing having people in the community putting their hands up and saying, 'Hey, we can help you'."

The New Zealand Racing Board, in partnership with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the Cancer Society New Zealand's initiative called Daffodil Racedays is hosting a series of High Tea events this month for Cancer Society volunteers at thoroughbred meetings throughout the country.

They will roll out one Saturday at a time beginning in Christchurch, then Hamilton and Auckland, culminating with a full day of fundraising at the Makfi Challenge Stakes Daffodil Raceday in Hawke's Bay.

Entry to the races is by donation, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the cause.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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