It’s all downhill for Jaffas

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Getting ready to roll . . . Selling tickets for the Cadbury Jaffa Race in the Octagon are Warrington Surf Life Saving Club member Eli Familton (14), chairman Mark Familton, Cadbury World and events manager Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana and Taieri Parents Centre committee member and jaffa race co-ordinator Robyn Thomas. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

About 75,000 Jaffas are labelled and ready to roll.

The Jaffas will be unleashed from the top of Baldwin St today (Friday), on the final day of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

As well as delighting chocolate lovers and the lucky winners, the three races also raise money for charities.

Make-a-Wish, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and the Parents Centre were each given 25,000 tickets to sell, all the profits going directly to them.

All the charities have Otago-based branches.

Taieri Parents Centre committee member and Jaffa race co-ordinator Robyn Thomas said the parents centre had been involved in the race for the past eight years and it was the organisation’s only fundraiser for the year.

The money raised from the race would go towards keeping the childbirth education classes running.

“We are so grateful to Cadbury’s for what they do for us.

“It’s a very big event for us.”

It took 25 people three hours and 15 minutes to label the 25,000 Jaffas, she said.

Lifeguards from surf life-saving clubs around Otago have also been out and about selling tickets.

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club chairman Mark Familton said lifeguards from his club had been knocking on doors around Warrington and Waitati to sell tickets.

Everyone in the club was involved in selling tickets, as it was a “helpful” part of the club’s fundraising, he said.

All the money raised by the club by selling tickets would go back to the club, he said.

“It’s a great fundraiser.”

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