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Netball salutes golden volunteers
red) and Isabel
green) cut a
cake at a high
at the North
BETWEEN THE pair of them,
Isabel Forrester and Dorothy
Craighead have chalked up
almost 100 years in netball.
On Sunday, Mrs Forrester, now
the patron of the North Canter-
bury centre, and Mrs Craighead,
until recently still running pri-
mary tournaments for the centre,
were honoured for their lifetime
involvement with a service award
from New Zealand Netball.
Both love the sport and have
been fixtures at the Dudley Park
Courts on a Saturday, either coa-
ching, umpiring, or administering
Mrs Forrester began her
involvement in North Canterbury
netball in 1971, when her daugh-
ter began playing at primary
school. She held positions as a
draw and score steward, vice
president in 1976 and 1977, and
secretary from 1977 to 1985. She
was made a life member in 1986
and became centre patron in 2006.
Mrs Craighead became involved
in the early 1960s and has filled
roles as a score steward, represen-
tative team selector, rep coach,
deputy secretary in 1965 and
1966, and as an umpire and
trainer of umpires. In 2011, she
started the Jellybean Tourna-
ment, a primary inter-centre
event that still attracts teams
from the top of the South Island.
She became a life member in
2002 and was recognised with a
Canterbury Watties Volunteer
Coach Award in 2007 and a Sport
Canterbury Lifetime Volunteer
Award the same year.
Julie Seymour, of Netball
Mainland, who began her netball
as a primary player in a team
coached by Dorothy Craighead,
presented the awards.
Seymour, who went on to play
for Canterbury, the Tactix and
the Silver Ferns, and to take up
coaching herself, praised Mrs
Craighead as a coach who set good
discipline and high standards for
her young players.
That set me up well for the rest
of my career,'' she said.
Mrs Craighead quipped, Well, I
did have some real talent to work
with, you know.''
Lesley Murdoch, of Netball New
Zealand, said it was an exciting
time for young sportswomen in
The willing contribution of
volunteer administrators and coa-
ches such as Mrs Forrester and
Mrs Craighead was invaluable in
growing the sport and starting
young players into the game.
The grassroots support cannot
be under-estimated in its import-
ance to the game. You've both
done an amazing job for a sport
The women, for whom the
awards were a complete surprise,
were presented with flowers, a
certificate and a New Zealand ser-
vice badge engraved with each of
Mrs Forrester said: It's very
humbling to be recognised, but it's
a huge team effort every Saturday
and everyone contributes, with
their own jobs to do.''
She thanked everyone involved
in organising the surprise''
awards on the women's behalf
and, with an eye to yet another
netball season approaching,
wished everyone well for their
Gail Power, the president of
the North Canterbury centre,
is another of Mrs Craighead's
Purple procession aids
world children in need
PURPLE PROCESSION: Charlotte, Luke and Lydia Miller get ready for the
Purple Cake Day fundraising procession in Amberley on Friday.
THIS FRIDAY, something a bit
special will be happening in
Amberley -- a procession organ-
ised to raise awareness of Purple
Cake Day, which is about kids
helping kids the world over.
Participants are encouraged to
wear something purple for the
procession, which begins at the
southern end of Amberley outside
the Catholic church at 9am.
People can join the procession
and leave it as it meanders
around Amberley,'' local organiser
Lois McGirr says.
It will conclude with a picnic in
central Amberley, at Chamberlain
Park, where African music will
provide the entertainment.''
She emphasises that partici-
pants should bring own food and
drink, and they are welcome to
just attend the picnic.
Mrs McGirr said the force
behind Purple Cake Day was
Emily Sanson-Rejouis, who was
based in Haiti with the United
Nations Peacekeeping Mission.
She lost her husband, Emmanuel,
and her daughters, Kofie-Jade, 5,
and Zenzie, 3, in the magnitude
7.1 earthquake that hit Haiti in
The couple's youngest daughter
Alyahna, 1, was rescued after 22
hours under the rubble of their
collapsed apartment building,
but an estimated 300,000 died in
Purple Cake Day is Emily
Sanson-Rejouis' initiative to cre-
ate a global day of celebration,
education and action, which raises
awareness and funds for children
to get the education they need to
change their lives.
Through Emily's contacts,
Purple Cake Day is becoming a
global day of action, Mrs McGirr
said. This year, Purple Cake Day
will raise funds for Haiti, Nepal
While we waited for clearance
to send the Amberley Lions Club's
second container to Kenya, we
communicated with Roger Sanson
(her father) and Emily in Nelson,
who were waiting to get their
three containers delivered to Haiti
through the Rotary Club.''
Amberley's Nor'Wester cafe is
donating pizzas to eat outside
the Hurunui District Council
chambers part way through the
procession and the town's
Woolshed Restaurant is donating
a purple cake to be raffled. Purple
Cake Day is also being celebrated
at Rangiora High School.
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