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I Got This - Waiariki's Benefit 4 CanTeen

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  • Sat 8 Dec ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Makaurau Marae, 8 Ruaiti Road, Mangere


All Ages

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Catch Tama Waipara, NRG Rising, Switch 45, Valiant Boys, Arihia & Tahu and more on stage this December and help us raise money for CanTeen! Make sure you are at Waiariki's Benefit 4 CanTeen...“I Got This!”

“I Got This!” is a community event held in the field across the road from Makaurau Marae. There will be kids' games, bouncy castles, face painting, kai stalls, and a stage running all day with top Aotearoa musicians, hip hop dancers, cultural groups, live graffiti & more!

Entry: koha

100% of all profits made on the day, from the koha entry fee, spot donations and kai sales, will be given directly to CanTeen in Waiariki Rakena's name. (See comments below to learn more about Waiariki Rakena)

Waiariki Rakena was one of the people who took part in the 2012 CanTeen Bandanna TV advertisements alongside Noah Lockett-Turton and Silver Fern and CanTeen ambassador Maria Tutaia.

In 2011 Waiariki was diagnosed with Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. She fought against her illness with everything she had, enduring numerous tests, hospital visits, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and more. Sadly, this September, approx 1 year since she was first diagnosed, she lost that battle. She was only 18.

Waiariki was a vibrant, energetic, sunshine-filled young woman. Before her diagnosis she was active in her community, a vivacious dancer and musician and a champion hip hop artist. Her passions were culture, music and dance. And she was always shaking her booty.

Waiariki's energy was infectious and, even throughout her fight, she remained positive. She inspired and uplifted others throughout the country via her video recordings of her own dancing, singing, and comedy.

A key supporter through her illness was the organisation CanTeen. The organisation supports, develops and empowers young people living with cancer through a national peer support network, professional education and recreational programmes. They ensure no young person in New Zealand living with cancer should ever have to feel alone.

From Waiariki's diagnoses, CanTeen was right there with her, supporting her and her family through camps, social outings, classes, friendship, and other support. CanTeen kept Waiariki positive and helped her in her fight.

Giving back to CanTeen was one of her personal goals. She was excited to be part of the CanTeen advertisements and help raise awareness about who they are and what they do. It was her honour to be their poster girl to encourage donations to the non-government funded charity organisation. But, she still wanted to give more.

Before her 18th birthday in April she was planning a charity bash to raise awareness and money for CanTeen. It was her way of giving back and showing her thanks. Unfortunately, she never got to see that dream come true.

That is where we, and hopefully you come in.

Make sure you come along to the I Got This benefit concert and bring all your money! Koha entry, buy some kai, buy some nic nacs and then throw the rest of your change into the donation buckets! We want to raise as much money as possible in Waiariki's name - so come along with your full wallets, enjoy the stage entertainment, eat some yummy kai and enjoy what is expected to be a fantastic day!

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