The Wanganui Cancer Society has two major fundraisers in the year.
Next on the calendar is the Relay For Life, this year incorporating Concert for a Cause.
"It's Relay for Life with a bit of a twist," says Jane Beamsley, centre manager. "While we still have teams sign up — and we have 35 teams so far, big teams, some teams of 30 — and do the relay around the track, we will have a DJ — Ron Heaps — playing for the first part of the day. From lunchtime until 7.30pm we will have a range of local bands, then from 7.30pm we've got Motel California, the Eagles tribute band."
Motel California formed in Auckland and have toured the country and overseas. They are Ivan Glucina (vocals, guitar), Paul Merriott (vocals, bass guitar), Paul Smith (lead guitar and vocals), Dave Thomas (vocals, keyboards) and Steve Tree (drums, percussion).
An anonymous sponsor has agreed to cover the cost of Motel California's Whanganui performance.
Relay for Life and Concert for a Cause are at Cooks Gardens, running over 12 hours.
"We changed from the 24-hour to the 12-hour relay recently which is what we've decided to run with again this year. We've had good feedback about that and it seems to work really well. Now it's from 10.30am until 10.30pm on Saturday, March 17.
"We still have all the ceremonies, as we usually do. We have the survivors' opening ceremony with their first Lap of Life, and then they have their Survivors' Luncheon at midday, which is provided by the Cancer Society. We have our candlelight ceremony at nine o'clock, and we'll have a short closing ceremony at 10.30."
Because it is also now a concert as well as the Relay for Life, there is an admission charge. Prices are $18 per adult, $10 for people aged between five and 15, under fives are free. A family pass for two adults and two children is $50.
"We want people to look at that cover charge as a donation to the Cancer Society."
There will be a Kiddies' Corner with a bouncy castle and face painting. There will also be food carts on site as well as the coffee cart.
"We've also got corporate boxes this year," says Jane. "We've got a few being used by our major sponsors — a way we can thank them for their amazing support — and then we're raffling one and we have four for sale for $500 each."
Occupants will get food and drink supplied as well as enjoy a great view of Cooks Gardens and all that's happening.
Bands will play on a stage erected by Scafit on the Whiskas grandstand.
"We're hoping that with the public coming to the concert that a lot of people who may not have known what Relay for Life was will understand and maybe put in a team for next year."
Teams can sign up for the Relay through the Cancer Society.