Weather bomb cancels cancer kids’ weekend


The coming weather bomb has forced 40 teenage cancer victims and 10 helpers to abandon their dream weekend in Queenstown. 

Moonlight Country & Stables co-owner Geoff Clear says the Canteen charity group were reluctantly forced back home to Dunedin and Invercargill late last night (Saturday). 

Clear and other adults caring for the teens were worried the incoming bad weather would close roads, with the risk that some of the cancer kids may run out of crucial medication. 

The last of the group reached Dunedin about 1am this morning, Clear says. 

The main thing the kids missed out on was half a day’s skiing, he adds, but at least they got a helicopter ride and some clay target shooting in yesterday (Saturday). 

Moonlight Country and the Clear family have been putting on the annual Canteen charity weekend for many years.

Clear says he always hosts the cancer victims at this time of year because the weather is normally quite settled. 

Meanwhile, Southland District Health Board has issued a weather-bomb warning, advising anyone at risk of requiring urgent treatment – such as near-term expectant mums – to remain close to a hospital. 

A SDHB spokesperson says all hospital services are on standby but patients with appointments for elective surgery or outpatient clinics over the next few days should listen out for possible cancellations.