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Thousands get down and dirty Continued from page 1. Some of the college students were able to get NCEA credits for their participation and each student got a participators medal. On the Saturday there was a Corporate Challenge Trophy, with the top five placing’s from any corporate entry used to determine placings. That was won by Schneider Electrical, with a popular gym challenge won by Body Shop Fitness. Wanganui High School won both the male and female college trophies. As well as the track, there was a swamp crossing, with some young students wading through the chest high waters, while others swam across it. Those who were a bit hesitant were able to use a rope to assist them. There was also a spider’s web net climb, a crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame. Each participant got a drink at the finish line from master of ceremonies Paul Hickey, who is a radio announcer at The Hits – but was dressed like a clown
without the makeup. Fernlea students were out in force, with Brodie Sue finishing with his face covered in mud and a huge smile after he faceplanted on a muddy patch during the event. He certainly needed a hot shower. “I just put my face in the mud,” he said. “The event was better than last year.” Fernlea’s assistant principal, Donna Goss, said 36 of her students participated. “I’ve never seen them so exited - one kid was up to her neck in water, and some of the kids have never received a medal in their lives.” After the event there were hot communal showers, from Far Our Showers, to clean up – and stalls including a popular sausage sizzle, with queues of up to 100 people. Prior to the event, students were fundraising for Cure Kids, a leading funder in child health research, with one chid from Adventure School raising $1765 on his own. After the events there were
spot prizes. Wainuiomata’s Robert Jack won a watch at the Saturday event, and at the children’s event the top prize was a kayak. Hundreds of children crowded in front of a big stage singing to the hits played over the loud speaker, including Fernlea students Nyah Brouwer and Chelsea McMahon, who knew all the words to all the songs. Event Promotions spokesperson Aimee Gregory said the event
was a huge success, although participants nearly got caught by Saturday’s downpour. “Everyone got in their cars and it absolutely bucketed down,” Aimee said “We’ll definitely be back at the same time next year.” The Challenge was the first of six throughout North Island main centres. More photos of the event are on page 8.
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Fernlea students Nyah Brouwer and Chelsea McMahon sing at the tops of their voices to the music on the PA system
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About 50 seniors snacked on buns with thick pink icing from the bakery in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre as part of Pink Ribbon Month last Friday. They gathered with Hutt South National List MP Chris Bishop, who hosted one of his morning teas in his Wainuiomata office, one of several he organises in Hutt suburbs. Sandy Blakemore, who lives in Woodland Mews, was there with her husband Alan, a Wainuiomata resident for 57 years. She found the buns too good to resist after being passed the buns plate and declining first time. She wasn’t supposed to have one – she’s staying off flour due to her osteoarthritis.
“But I had one and I`m alright,” she said. “It was fabulous – absolutely fabulous.” “I thought it was very nice that he incorporated pink in to his morning tea.” As well as sipping tea and eating buns, the seniors discussed local issues such as immigration, the state of the shopping centre, retirement homes and housing. Many residents want to downsize, but have nowhere to go. “Some of us are rattling around in four-bedroom houses,” Sandy said. Mr Bishop has been hosting morning teas for several years, and last week’s one was his third this year. “It’s a good opportunity to hear what people are thinking about in the community,” he said.
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