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Practice makes perfect … Brook Yates from Bayleys Real Estate, Rangiora, plunges into the pool at Rangiora’s Big Splash last Friday evening. Brook used some muddy puddles following the recent floods to hone his skills. PHOTO: SHANE JONES PHOTOGRAPY

By DAVID HILL

Rangiora made a big splash on Friday evening and all for a good cause.

The Rangiora Stroke Club is set to benefit from more than $16,000 after this year’s Charles Upham Big Splash exceeded expectations.

The event, which is organised by Rangiora Promotions, was last held in 2019, after last year’s event became a casualty of Covid-19.

“Last time we made $11,000 and we set the target of $15,000, but I thought we might get to $12,000 or $13,000, so it’s such a fantastic achievement,” event organiser Edwina Patterson says.

Donations are still being accepted online via the Rangiora Promotions website until tomorrow (June 25) and with money still to be banked, Edwina expects the total to go even higher.

Once the cut-off is reached, Rangiora Promotions will announce the “Splash for Cash” winners.

Raewyn Bishop, of Total Realty, and Scott Murray, of ANZ, are out in front, having both raised more than $3000, followed by Marea McLennan, of Unichem, who has raised more than $2000.

Christine De Maine, representing the Rangiora RSA, and Brook Yates, of Bayleys, have both raised more than $1100, while Compass FM’s Steph McDonald is fast approaching the $1000 mark.

Rangiora-Ashley Community Board member Sarah Lewis won the prize for best dressed, beating off stiff competition from Peter King, of Giggle Entertainment, and Hazel Youngman, of Mike Pero Real Estate, while Mealofa Faimalo, of Charles Upham Retirement Village, won the prize for the most entertaining jump.

“All the jumpers this year were really entertaining and even (Waimakariri Mayor) Dan Gordon did air guitar before his jump,” Edwina says.

“All in all it was a very successful night and a great opportunity for our wee community to get together and for people to network, inter-mingle and let their hair down.”

This year 22 people took the plunge into ice cold water, including North Canterbury News journalist David Hill.

Edwina says she likes how the event attracts people “from all walks of life, including young and old”.

The youngest jumper was Waimakariri Youth Council member Sasha Crawford (19), while there were two mums from Te Matauru Primary School, local professionals and the mayor.

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey did some fundraising, but was unable to attend on the night.

The money raised will help support people who have suffered a stroke, and their rehabilitation in the community.