Last chances to place votes on scarecrows

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Tapanui has been inundated with scarecrows.

There are only a couple of days left to vote in the West Otago Scarecrow festival.

Twenty-five scarecrows have been dispersed around the Tapanui township in a effort to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Organiser encouraged people to use their spare change to vote for their favourite scarecrow.

“You have until Sunday to vote,” Mrs Brooke said.

Shops in Tapanui have voting boxes.

Mrs Brook was impressed with the entries this year.

“They are all really different and people are really enjoying them.”

There are even some Steampunk scarecrows, Mrs Brooke said.

On Sunday at 12.30pm there will be a festival finale and prizegiving.

Wooden… Organiser Sue Brooke with a scarecrow during the West Otago Scarecrow festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“We hope to see as many people there as possible,” Mrs Brooke said.

The finale would include a sausage sizzle, games, a chocolate wheel and the announcement of the winning scarecrow, Mrs Brooke said.

Blue Mountain High School pupil Jock Davies (13) will be presenting the prizes.

Jock’s mother Sarah Davies said Jock was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of leukaemia and the Child Cancer Foundation had helped their family a lot.
“As a family, we embrace any opportunity to be able to give back to a foundation that gave us strength and hope on our darkest days,” Mrs Davies said.

In 2015, Jock proudly represented the Child Cancer Foundation as their national ambassador.

“Jock has accumulated over 1400 beads of courage from all the procedures he has had to endure during his treatment,” Mrs Davies said.

“We feel very proud

Jock Davies

to live in a community that continually supports a foundation so dear to our hearts.”

West Otago Scarecrow festival organiserIllingworth said she would like to thank other people in the community for helping them raise money.

School pupil Carly Wells (11), of Christchurch, went above and beyond to fundraise, busking in Tapanui while visiting grandmother Michelle Birse in the school holidays.

“Carly busked outside Seasons shop in Tapanui on Monday and raised over $30 for Child Cancer Foundation. We are very grateful for her fundraising contribution.”