SGT Kelley Waite of the Royal New Zealand Air Force with an A109 Helicopter.
24 March 2014
Feilding local, Sergeant (SGT) Kelley Waite was the proud leader of the Air Force team in their 11th year supporting the Manawatu community and Cancer Society at the Relay For Life (RFL) earlier this month.
SGT Waite said it is an honour for her and the Air Force team to participate in the RFL each year to support the local community and the Cancer Society. Originally from Wairoa, SGT Waite took over organising the Air Force team last year, carrying on a tradition that was started by 3 Squadron 11 years ago. The Air Force has entered a team every year since 2003.
This year she successfully recruited a team of over 50 Air Force personnel, friends and family members who placed 4th out of 114 teams. Waite ran over 5.6km out of the team’s combined 293km, in just 24 hours.
“I had 38 names signed up but then people told their friends and families and our team grew pretty quickly,” said SGT Waite.
Under SGT Waite’s leadership, the team raised nearly $4,000 for the Cancer Society through fundraising, including an online fundraising page. Overall, the RFL event raised over $358,000 for the Cancer Society to support the local communities of the 51 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with cancer every day.
“The atmosphere on the day is excellent, the interaction and competition with the other teams and officials is invigorating,” said SGT Waite.
“We are cheered on, joked with and involved in the Relay community. We are ambassadors for the Defence Force and always have a few Army representatives involved,” said SGT Waite.
Waite would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved and welcomes all Defence personnel in the area into the Air Force team next year to help support a great cause.