Cancer fundraisers will have surround sound

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014

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People taking part in the Cancer Society's largest fundraiser will be able to enjoy Lionel Richie and John Farnham for free while they walk.

Next month's Relay for Life event at the Pukekura Raceway is on the same night as the hit singers perform at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

Taranaki Cancer Society event co-ordinator Pallak Manan said she had been concerned when she realised both events were on March 22.

"We really wondered how it was going to work out, especially parking-wise," she said, given that between 3000 and 18,000 people would converge on the area.

However, the organising committee has been promised chaos won't occur.

Because the Relay for Life starts hours before the bowl concert, the walkers and runners will not have to vie for parking spaces at the TSB Stadium.

Nelita Byrne, New Plymouth District Council's venues manager, said plans had been put in place for parking.

"We've worked closely with the organisers and with the racecourse and we have come up with a solution. Parking in that area will be shared.

"We are sure it won't be an issue, as a lot of people leave their car in town and walk through the park to get to the bowl," she said.

The capacity of the TSB Bowl of Brooklands is 15,000 but Ms Byrne said ticket sale numbers were not available from the promoter. Richie and Farnham are also performing in Auckland and Christchurch.

To find out more about the cancer fundraiser, visit relayforlife.org.nz or phone 757 3006.

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