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Jammers not taking bed race lying down

SIMON MAUDE
Last updated 05:00 01/04/2014
StarJam North’s Dazzling Dance Group

STARJAMMERS: Hamish Allison, Michael Dunn and Toby Hawkins enjoy belonging to StarJam North’s Dazzling Dance Group.

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A group of people with disabilities known as the ‘Jammers' will get their chance to shine this weekend.

StarJam, which runs Auckland-wide workshops including two in Belmont, has entered a team in the King Koil Great Auckland Bed Race.

The support group for young people with disabilities will field six runners and a rider in the annual event.

StarJam's Auckland regional programmes co-ordinator Stefanie Banbury says it's the first time the fun-loving organisation has entered the race.

"We're really excited about taking part. It will be a great event to join us all together," she says.

StarJam aims to impress and has an extensive dress-up wardrobe collection to kit-out the Jammers and facilitators in, Banbury says.

The Jammers, who range in age from 6 to 25 years old, are going with a Dr Seuss themed team.

The charity's mission is to help its clients develop life skills.

Banbury says the race provides a great opportunity for them to build confidence.

"There are some experienced competitors in the bed race, we'll give it our best shot," she says.

The King Koil Great Auckland Bed Race is being held at the Auckland Domain on Saturday, April 13.

The race starts 11am by the grandstand.

Go to givealittle.co.nz/cause/starjambedrace to make a donation.

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