$45k raised for Relay

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The Dog Tucker Relay for Life crew, from left to right, Dick Johnson, Patrick Middleton, Roger Bonifant, Linda Croy, Trevor Croy, Richard Ashford and John Tavendale are celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost and fighting back by raising cancer awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society.

A group of older folk, who refer to themselves as ‘Dog Tucker’, have taken a novel approach to fundraising for the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay For Life event in Ashburton.

Each team member pays a membership fee to join the Dog Tucker team as a one-off up-front payment and so far, together with support from family and friends, the team has raised over $45,000.

There are 26 members of the team and all are either Mid Canterbury residents or individuals who have a close association with the district.

Dog Tucker team captain Roger Bonifant said the team had bonded over their cancer connections.

“We are a group of friends and colleagues who all have strong cancer connections, either as cancer survivors ourselves, cancer widows and widowers, close friends and supporters,” he said.

“Our aim in being part of Relay For Life is to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones we have lost and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society.”

“There will be plenty of Dog Tuckers walking the Domain Oval on Saturday 16th October,” he said.

The Relay for Life is on in the oval of the Ashburton Domain, and runs from 10am to 10pm.

For more information or to make a donation visit: www.midcanterbury.relayforlife.org.nz