Nearly $10,000 for project in one day

A coffee group for cancer patients has raised just under $10,000 for Project Promise with a family fun day in Russell.

Russell Cancer Coffee Cake Group founder Shan Calcott said the whole town got behind the Easter Saturday fundraiser.

"We had an amazing day with a wonderful atmosphere. The sausages sizzled and mussel fritters flipped, the cake stall was laden with the most enormous number of delicious looking cakes and the bottle tombola caused much fun.

"The bench press and rowing competitions were hilarious, or serious depending on who you were, and some muscles were definitely rippling," she said.

Other attractions included face painting, raffles, Easter egg decorating and performances by a ukulele group, a harpist and a flautist. St John Ambulance carried out blood pressure checks while Russell Fire Brigade took kids for rides in their fire engine.

Mrs Calcott said she founded the group in November when there was no support group between Whangarei and Kaitaia. Cancer patients, survivors and carers meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Russell's St John hall.

"It's a lovely group where there are very caring, supportive and close bonds between people. There's lots of chat, laughter, sometimes a few tears, but always cake," she said.

The $9700 raised in one day proved Russell was a little town with a big heart, she said.

- Northern Advocate

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