Humes has been a proud sponsor of the NZ Race4Life Trust for several years, and this year we have extended our support by assisting the trust in taking their events nationwide.
This year the Humes team were trackside at the annual Race4Life Track Day at Hampton Downs, Te Kauwhata, South of Auckland last month to help celebrate the trust’s 12th Anniversary.
The Race4Life Track Days help people living with life-limiting illnesses create memories that they and their families can cherish by offering a day out doing something different, whether its riding in a race car, on a Harley Davison, taking a trip in a helicopter or experiencing the deep throated roar inside a Mustang muscle car.
80 patients and their families were at the event on 12 March which turned out to be a cracker of a day in every which way for them.
“The Humes team was allocated to work in the pits helping people in and out of some of the most amazing and fastest vehicles you could ever hope to see - and all in one place,” says Humes Marketing Manager Val Green.
In the morning, participants were given the chance to experience some serious speed of 250kph in a selection of race cars. And in the afternoon, the focus changed to driving in luxury, with a chance to get a ride in some serious drama cars, including Porsches, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Mustangs, Ferraris and McLarens.
Throughout the day, classic cars, big rigs and motorbikes cruised the surrounding farmland, and a helicopter took patients and carers for a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous North Waikato.
For those who preferred a little time indoors, a virtual reality game was set up in the pavilion plus a reflexologist offered shoulder, neck and foot massages throughout the day.
“The pure look of excitement and joy on faces was something we will never forget. Humes is very proud to be associated with this amazing organisation and the wonderful work they do in our communities,” says Val.
This year, thanks to their supporters, the Trust was able to run a second track day at Teretonga in the South Island.
Race4Life have fulfilled the wishes of over 200 patients in palliative care to date. To find out more, click here.