Aussie trip helpful for daughter seeking project

A trip to see The Lion King in Sydney was all it took for Hamilton woman Tracey Murphy to find a meaningful project for her latest studies.

Because up until then, Mrs Murphy's focus had been based around her mother, Val Whitlock, who lost her battle with bowel cancer seven years ago, aged 65.

"So that trip was a chance to have some time out – family time, I think it's too easy to forget the importance of that when you are dealing with a serious illness."

This Sunday Mrs Murphy will hold a family fun day at Gails of Tamahere for families who have recently lost a family member, or who currently have a seriously ill family member.

The community project is part of Mrs Murphy's latest course through Landmark Education which she applies to her business career.

The day will include classic car rides, Presto the clown, live music, hula hoop demonstrations, a bouncy castle, giant games of Jenga and Connect Four, family races and a photographer will be available for free family portraits. "There will also be catering so we are hoping people will register their interest by the end of the week so we get a good idea about numbers."

The day is supported by Hospice Waikato and Rainbow Place while local businesses such as Digital Mobile have supported the event financially.

While the day is based around games and entertainment Mrs Murphy said the chapel at Gails would be made available for any family members looking for reflective time.

"It's about bringing families together, letting them have fun and taking the focus away from the stress and worry of illness – even if it's just for a short time."

Sunday's "Remember When" fun day runs from 2pm to 5pm and anyone wishing to attend is asked to register their interest at

Waikato Times