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Hundreds of whānau and supporters of a young Northland dad battling cancer turned out for an Easter-themed fundraiser at Kaikohe's Pioneer Village on Saturday.
The Big Bunny Easter Event featured train and pony rides, an Easter egg hunt, crafts, kai and bouncy castles, raising more than $8000 for Whitinga Harris from Ōtaua, near Kaikohe.
Harris, a 31-year-old primary school teacher, was diagnosed late last year with stage four colon cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
When specialists said his best chance of more time with his sons is an unfunded drug with a $100,000 price tag, his whanau set up a Givealittle page and organised a series of fundraisers which, even before the Easter event, had raised more than $44,000.