Creative colourful fundraiser a hit

'I just wanted to raise some money'

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:00 05/02/2014
Purple Dayze Relay for Life
SHAUN BLACK

RACING SCENE: Purple Dayze Relay for Life team member Shaun Black's drawing of a Relay for Life scene.

Purple Dayze Relay for Life team
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GOOD CAUSE: Some of the Purple Dayze Relay for Life team. Back left, Kyla Blackbourn, 12, Piper Blackbourn, 9, and their mother, Michelle Blackbourn, with Nicky Black and her son Shaun Black, 14, with his drawing of a Relay for Life scene that he has put up for auction as a fundraiser for the Cancer Society.

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Wakefield teen Shaun Black, 14, has raised more than $300 for the Relay for Life in a creative way.

A picture he drew in coloured pencil of the relay itself has attracted 55 bids on Trade Me, with bidding to close tomorrow. Pictures on the site show how Shaun planned and coloured in the picture over several weeks.

"I just wanted to raise some money for the Cancer Society," he said.

Mum Nicky Black said both of her grandfathers and two other family members had been lost to cancer.

Family friend Michelle Blackbourn, also from Wakefield, talked her and Shaun into joining the 11-strong Relay for Life team "Purple Dayze".

The Relay for Life is an event designed to celebrate and support cancer survivors and caregivers.

Each team is given a baton, and participants walk around a track at Saxton Field between about 4pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

Ms Blackbourn said she had participated annually since her father died of lung cancer six years ago, but never had her own team before. Daughters Kyla, 12, and Piper, 9, are also on the team.

In addition to Shaun's contribution, Ms Blackbourn and her children hope to fundraise further for their team with a "mystery car run" involving a drive to a mystery location on February 9, and the aid of a litter of papier mache piglets.

Each of the six piglets is named Wilbur, after the pig in E B White's children's classic book Charlotte's Web.

The Wilburs all have coin slots in their backs, and have been placed at seven shops around Richmond and Wakefield to collect money for the Cancer Society.

There is also one at Nelson Hospital.

Ms Blackbourn said she had a strong connection with cancer patients and the Cancer Society due to her family history, and her mother and husband both worked at the hospital. "With them up there you tend to meet and lose people."

Relay for Life Nelson will be held on Saturday, March 1, at Saxton Field. Nelson Cancer Society centre manager Linda Lucre said nearly 70 teams had already registered to take part.

Registrations will remain open until the day of the event unless more than 100 teams sign up. The final meeting for team captains will be held on February 18.

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