A convoy of tractors, jeeps and support vehicles trundled through Kaipara last week as the Great New Zealand Fundraising Tractor Trek headed on towards Cape Reinga, after hitting the road in Bluff a month ago.
Last Friday, the volunteer cavalcade arrived at journey’s end to begin counting funds raised for New Zealand hospices.
The trek was the second trip for organiser, Phil Aish, after he lost his wife Janice to cancer, and received “unbelievable care and compassion” from hospice, promising to raise funds as her legacy. The first trek in 2016, raised more than $100,000 and Phil hoped this amount would be exceeded this year. “Our funds go to the hospice area in which they were donated,” he said, adding that the journey through Kaipara, including stops at Paparoa and complimentary accommodation at Pahi Beach Holiday Park, a specially opened-early Kauri Museum, and at Dargaville, had attracted more donations than a stopover in Auckland.
“Hospices receive funding from the government, but need some $45 million from the community to keep the service free of charge,” said Phil.
Donations can be made to hospice.org.nz/get-involved/make-a-donation.