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North Harbour News : March 7th 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014 Walk recalls brave battler By CARALISE TRAYES KIARA’S Angel Walk was a party fit for a princess. The little girl whose story inspired the Orewa event would have loved it, her mum Mardie Wilson says. But Kiara Morgan died at the age of 4 in 2011 after a short and hard battle with cancer. Her memory lives on in the annual fundraiser held around the Orewa estuary to support the Child Cancer Foundation. More than 450 people took part in the latest walk and commemoration service at Pohutukawa Reserve in Red Beach on Sunday morning. Around 2000 more attended a family fun day that followed on the Western Reserve. Co-organiser Tracey Rob- erts says the sun came to the party, making it a stunning success. ‘‘We say an angel was looking out for us with the weather,’’ Tracey says. ❝ Weare blown Event co-organiser Tracey Roberts ‘‘A record-breaking $18,000 was raised for the foundation this year. That means over the past three years the event has been running we have raised more than $36,000. ‘‘We are blown away by the amazing generosity of the community and our sponsors.’’ Mardie says everyone she spoke to had good things to say. It’s always difficult for family to be reminded about Kiara on the day but she says the outcome makes it all worthwhile. The event also coincided with Children’s Day. Event highlights included performances from Identity Dance Crew, Luke and away by the amazing generosity of the community ❞ Amberley Acoustic Duo, the Charity Pirates and bubble time. ‘‘The kids went nuts with bubbles and a bubble machine to the Pharrell Williams song Happy,’’ Tracey says. The bake stall was a hit and raised $650. Kiara’s Angel Walk organ- isers also encouraged schools to get involved by holding fundraising mufti days for the Child Cancer Foundation. ‘‘The response was great, just about every primary school participated with rainbows as the theme. ‘‘The first school to come on board wasWhangaparaoa Primary School, the biggest on the coast. Principal Steve Collins really understood what we were trying to do and supported us. Principals recognised it was a good thing for children to understand.’’ ❚ More photos of Kiara’s Angel Walk on P12. Family forever: Kiara’smumMardie Wilson, dad Justin Morgan and sister Makayla, 4, finish the walk around Orewa estuary. SUPPORTTHE CHILDCANCERFOUNDATION Kiara Morgan was one of the many children across New Zealand diagnosed with cancer every year who benefit from the support of the Child Cancer Foundation. It is the Child Cancer Annual Appeal month and the foundation is calling for help. The organisation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for. Its Beads of Courage appeal will be held form March 21-23. Each bead represents a treatment, such as chemotherapy, an experience like hair loss or a milestone. Beads are given to children to help them cope with the challenges they face. ❚ Text BEAD to 206 to make a $3 donation, or donate online, Entertainers: Identity Dance Crew fromNewZealand’s Got Talent were crowd pleasers at the family fun day. support.childcancer.org.nz. Photos: MELANIE MAYES PROPERTY Go to www.suburbanrealestate.co.nz Local – Regional – National Looking to buy your next home? Register with our weekly e-editions and have a range of local, regional and national properties at your fingertips. Go to www.sstproperty.co.nz Watch a the Child Cancer appeal month video at rodneytimes.co.nz. Click on Latest Edition. Brave: Kiara Morgan, 4, with her Beads of Courage.
February 28th 2014