Big Dig draws big crowd

Big diggers the Hall family of Orewa, from left, Cora, Sarah and Jade, show off their bounty. Photos, Jeremy Fourie.

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Lauren, left, and Alice Henderson of Kaukapakapa with their haul of sticks. The Big Queue for claiming prizes stretches back to the beach. Getting into the tug of war. A frenzy of digging.

Fine, sunny conditions contributed to a larger crowd than last year – around 2500 people – at the Big Dig on Orewa Beach on Saturday, January 19.

The event was organised by the Orewa Lions Club as a fundraiser for diabetes treatment and education.

During the day, the McCosh Charitable Trust screened more than 120 people and identified three who had diabetes, and several others were referred to their doctors for further testing.

The final tally is still being worked out, but club secretary Mandy Hebben says they are hoping that around $5000-$7000 was raised.

This will be used to purchase Jerry Bear packs for children with Diabetes Type 1, and to support Diabetes New Zealand’s children’s camps

Mandy says the Big Dig would not have been possible without a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation and the assistance of volunteers such as Orewa Sea Scouts.


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