15,000 gather for Jaffa race

Thousands of Jaffas tumble down the world's steepest street during Dunedin's annual Jaffa race....
Thousands of Jaffas tumble down the world's steepest street during Dunedin's annual Jaffa race. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
Spectators gather for the annual Jaffa race at Baldwin St in Dunedin. Photo by Rhys Chamberlain
Spectators gather for the annual Jaffa race at Baldwin St in Dunedin. Photo by Rhys Chamberlain
Spectators snap photos as Jaffas tumble down Balwin St. Photo by Rhys Chamberlain
Spectators snap photos as Jaffas tumble down Balwin St. Photo by Rhys Chamberlain

A crowd of about 15,000 gathered at Dunedin's Baldwin Street today for the annual Jaffa races.

About 75,000 Jaffas rolled down the world's steepest street during the fund-raising event, which this year will benefit Make-a-Wish, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and Parents Centre

Three races were run, with up to 25,000 of the sweets in each race.

Spectators lined the street as a red tide tumbled down the track during the first race, cheering and snapping pictures with their phones.

Jaffas in the second race were yellow.

Volunteers from Make-A-Wish took an hour and 23 minutes to label their 25,000 Jaffas.

The 45-strong team of volunteers powered through their Jaffa labelling at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum earlier this month, with an average of 301 labelled per minute.

''It's three and a-half months in the making, so we'll be very glad to see the Jaffas go down,'' Ms Lowe said earlier this week.

 

 

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