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
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.