Cruise supports child cancer

Children who attended the Child Cancer Foundation event on Sunday. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Children who attended the Child Cancer Foundation event on Sunday. Photo by Christina McDonald.

Cruise on TSS Earnslaw was the perfect setting for children to enjoy themselves as part of a Child Cancer Foundation event - and the rain did not dampen spirits of those on board.

On Sunday, six families from Central Otago enjoyed the ride to Walter Peak Station, courtesy of Real Journeys. Otago and Southland Child Cancer Foundation chairwoman Karen Heslip, of Gore, said it was the first time the families had met.

All of the families had children affected by cancer, who were going through varying stages of treatment.

The day was also a chance to discuss plans for establishing a formal branch of the foundation in Wakatipu, which the families supported.

However, the main purpose of the day was for fun, of which the children had plenty.

''Sometimes it's hard for families when they are looking after the child going through treatment, and looking after their other children, too,'' Ms Heslip said.

Anyone interested in helping set up a branch in Wakatipu can contact the Child Cancer Foundation.

This Friday is the foundation's annual nationwide Beads of Courage Day street appeal.

People are encouraged to give to official collectors, who will be in Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell.