Icy dip raises $6000 for Stroke Club

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Icy dip . . . Sarah Lewis, a member of the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board, feels the cold after her jump into icy water for charity during the Rangiora Promotion's Big Splash fundraiser for the Rangiora Stroke Club, at the Rangiora Winter Festival last Saturday. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

“The Big Splash” in Rangiora last Saturday raised more than $6000 for the Rangiora Stroke Club.

The annual fundraiser is organised by Rangiora Promotions and held with help from the Rangiora Lions Club and Rangiora High School Leo’s Club which held a sausage sizzle to raise funds.

Rangiora Stroke Club representative Barbara Matthews thanked everyone for their contributions saying it was such a “generous community”.

Each “Big Splash” participant was asked to raise funds for the charity before the event.

On Saturday they had to jump into a large tub filled with icy water which was a fire-fighting tank supplied by the Department of Conservation’s Rangiora Fire Depot for the day.

Belinda Topp, promotions and membership co-ordinator for Rangiora Promotions, said they were still finalising the amount raised on Saturday, but the “Big Splash’ participants had contributed more than $5500 towards the total and that included a record amount from the “splash-for-cash champion” Davie Gellatly, a community participant, who raised $806.

“It sure was our best result yet and an extremely positive result for the stroke club, Belinda said. “The Big Splash participants were also asked to dress up in a winter-themed costume for their jump.

“There were some absolutely amazing costumes,” Belinda said.

The best-dressed participant has yet to be decided but will win a winter-themed hamper.

“We had snow queens and hot water bottles, ‘ice man’ and three snowmen, Queen Elsa (from the Disney animated film Frozen) and two arctic penguins.

They really went all out, she said. Karen Dugdale, who is on the Rangiora Promotions management board and also works for Property Brokers in Rangiora, transformed into Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale character “The Snow Queen” for her jump.

She said she had a lot of fun making her own costume for the event and had a complementary “Snow Queen” makeover from Katie Telfer at Rangiora’s Cocoon Beauty and Day Spa specially.

The event was held on the lawn in front of the Waimakariri District Council service centre in High St as part of the Rangiora Winter Festival.

This year’s 28 jumpers included Waimakariri District Mayor, David Ayers, Waimakariri Member of Parliament Matt Doocey, Labour Party general election candidate Dan Rosewarne, members of the Rangiora Leos Club, North Canterbury News reporter David Hill and others representing the North Canterbury community and businesses.