Hat’s the way to go, kiddies

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These Arrowtown School children know how to have fun in the sun – but they’re also aware of the dangers involved with not covering up.

Wacky hats and sunglasses were shown off at school last Friday as a fundraiser for the Cancer Society’s Central Otago Relay for Life, held in Cromwell at the weekend.

Arrowtown mum Diane Saville, whose family was involved in the 24-hour event, got the school on board to encourage kids to give a gold coin donation – $230 was raised.

“It’s about making the kids at school a bit more aware of the sun factor and also what’s going on in our community. It’s important for the kids to be aware of how [cancer] affects everybody in the community,” she says.

Principal Robin Harris is right behind the cause: “The idea is to give them the motivation to think about the occasion.”

Saville’s 43-strong team, Moonlight Country AJ Saville Masterwood, raised $14,500 for the inaugural Relay for Life event and all 43 members helped walk or run the Cromwell Racecourse track for 24 hours.

Cancer Society relay organiser Janie Peck says the Queenstown team raised the most money during the event and afterwards, with cash pledged through auctions.

Peck adds that the event was “fantastic”, with 78 teams raising a total of $165,000.