An international event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in dragonboat activities as part of post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation has been backed by Waip
ā district’s promotions fund.
The event will be held at Lake Karāpiro next April and is expected to attract 5000 people from around the world.
A council committee yesterday confirmed a series of grants for events in Waipā.
Major grants went on the water – $50,000 for the week-long Dragon Boat Festival next April and $20,000 for the Waka Ama national sprint championships in January – both to be held at Lake Karāpiro.
The District Promotion Committee provided a total of $243,637 to allocate – $150,000 from the 2022-23 budget and $93,637 rolled over from 2021-22 unspent funds.
A total of 37 applications were received – seeking a total of $405,670 and the council went almost completely with staff recommendations in allocating a total of $227,600.
The District Promotion committee comprised mayor Jim Mylchreest, deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk, Clare St Pierre, Marcus Gower, Philip Coles and community representatives Kevin Burgess and Merv Gyde.