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Do we want the Hibiscus Coast soap box derby?

15 May 2017 02:42 pm

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Parent helper Mark Blanchard talks to driver Quinn Wright from Stella Maris School at the recent Soap Box Derby.
Unless an organisation steps forward to take over the running of the local Soap Box Derby, it may have run its last race.

This year’s event, held in April, was the tenth to be held on Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay.

The event, run by Whangaparaoa Rotary Club, provides youngsters and their supporters with a race experience in trolleys imported as kitsets from America, while benefiting local charities.

Last year the organising committee said that this year’s derby would be their last, and actively sought new volunteers to take up the reins. Until recently, they were hopeful that they could secure the event’s future, however no one has come forward.

Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Derby chair Terry Clarkson says the Soap Box Derby is well funded, with Auckland Council providing a grant of $10,000 annually.

However, getting the two-day event (the local race and the national finals) up and running requires a lot of work and time from volunteers.

Mr Clarkson says it would be a shame for the local kids and their families and supporters if the event has to fold.

If it does, one option being considered is to hire the trollies to individuals who could then organise to race them.

Info: ph Terry Clarkson, 021 918 980.

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