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Community stalwart Ngami Prattley

When one of their own was faced with a challenge, the netball community decided to respond with a challenge.

Netball stalwart Ngami Prattley has been diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer in her spine and there is no cure.

She has been involved in the sport as a player, umpire and coach for 38 years.

Netball players Christine Tamou and her sister-in-law Krishanee Tamou said they wanted to help and created the Ngami Prattley Fast5 challenge as a fundraiser.

“We got together when we heard about Mrs Prattley’s misfortune and wanted to do something to give back, so we made a Fast5 competition,” Christine said.

Krishanee said it was a good opportunity to support someone who gave the community so much.

“It just seemed appropriate,” Krishanee said.

“She’s been a massive figure in netball and the whole community. She’s in lots of groups throughout the community.

“Her life’s a challenge . . . it’s a challenge for a challenge.”

It would be a mixed five-a-side competition and there would be two grades: a social grade and a serious-competitive grade.

“The people she’s been with have excelled to a higher level . . . it’s something a bit different with the season coming up.”

Players would need to be playing at a high school senior A netball level or above, she said.

More than 12 teams were entered already and they encouraged everyone to get involved.

“It’s going to be exciting and a fun day out and it’s about the whole community getting together.”

There would be raffles to purchase and spot prizes for best dressed teams.

Mrs Prattley’s daughter, Rebekah Prattley said her family were blown away by the event.

“I think when you are part of a small community is when things like that really matter . . . after all the years she’s spent in netball it’s very special what they are doing. It’s quite emotional,” Ms Prattley said.

She was grateful to the community after $10,000 was raised through a Givealittle page already.

“We want to thank the community for their support and love they are giving to Mum, it’s really helping her to keep positive.”

The Fast5 event would be held on March 22 at the MLT Events Centre and cost $20 per person.

Entries needed to be confirmed by March 13.

Spectators can give a gold-coin donation and all funds will be provided to the Prattley family at a ceremony at the end of the day.

  • Players, teams and volunteers interested could email Anne Reid: anneandpeter@xtra.co.nz or contact Krishanee Tamou through Facebook.