MEGAwalk 2021 update

6 October 2021 7.30pm

The 14th annual MEGA walk for The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay which had been scheduled for next month has been cancelled due to uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 Delta outbreak.

Organisers of the event met this week and after significant consideration have made the hard decision to cancel this year’s event given that there is no certainty as to what alert level Hawke’s Bay will be at in early November, the rules around public gatherings and the risk that the Delta variant of Covid 19 spreads to provincial New Zealand.

The event usually attracts around 1000 participants with four events that cater to all fitness levels and physical abilities, with all entrants finishing up at Mitre 10 MEGA Napier. The event is a major fund raiser for The Acorn Project, a local charity which provides wraparound support for young people 12 - 24 years and their families living with cancer in Hawke’s Bay. Support is tailored to the individual needs of the member and include 1-1 face to face Youth Worker support, peer-to-peer support with other local members and monthly activities.

In recent times, fund raising has been difficult for organizations such as The Acorn Project who rely heavily on events and donations and who receive no government funding. Having been a major supporter over many years, the team at Mitre 10 MEGA in Napier & Hastings have committed to continuing their support in 2021 and even though MEGA walk cannot go ahead this year, brothers Graeme & Stephen Ricketts and their families are donating $10,000 to The Acorn Project.

Kerrie Waby Founder and Youth Worker of The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay - “We are humbled by the generosity of Graeme, Stephen and their families who are donating $10,000 to our charity. Their generosity and kindness will certainly go a long way to supporting our members and their families in the coming months. We would also like to thank Pip for all her preparation in getting the event to this stage as she works tirelessly behind the scenes each and every year. Finally, we would like to thank the amazing supporters, sponsors and partners who have jumped on board to support this year’s event, your kindness means so much to our charity.

Although we are all disappointed that the MEGA walk 2021 cannot take place, the safety of our community is our number one priority. We also have many of our members and their family helping throughout the day and due to compromised immunity, this is important to keep them safe too. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2022 event next year”

Advertising and Event Co-ordinator Pip George said “We had to think of the wellbeing of our community, the members of The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay, our supporters and our sponsors and whilst we are incredibly disappointed, we know it is the right thing to do in this current environment. While the event can’t take place this year, it will definitely be back in 2022”.

If you would like to support The Acorn project Hawke’s Bay by way of donation if you are able to please visit www.theacornprojecthawkesbay.org.nz or www.givealittle.co.nz/org/the-acorn-project

For any queries related to MEGAwalk please contact [email protected]