Kawhia Cruise Makes More Noise this November


Kawhia Cruise attendees at the Oparau Roadhouse

Photo Credit: Ash Muir Photography

The annual Kawhia Cruise is now in its sixth year and promising to be better than ever.  Organiser Adam Muir says his aim this year is to break his previous years’ records and make more money to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

All proceeds from the Kawhia Cruise are given to MS Waikato, a support organisation for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.

More than 4,000 New Zealanders have Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system which currently has no cure.

The Kawhia Cruise is a classic car cruise from Hamilton to Kawhia and back, held once a year on the second Sunday in November.  The date this year is 11 November.

“One of the good things about this year’s cruise is that it won’t clash with any of the other big events that are held at the same time of the year,” says Adam.  “Last year Henry Ford’s 50th anniversary and Big Boys Toys were on the same weekend as the Kawhia Cruise.  In previous years we’ve also had to compete with the Round the Bridges race in Hamilton and V8 supercars.

“That means that potentially there will be more participants for the cruise this year, meaning more money coming in for MS Waikato from the entry donation and the raffles held along the way.  Also more people means more fun.”

Adam says this year he's planning a few more exciting additions to the event, which last year attracted 100 classic cars, with their drivers and passengers, travelling in convoy from the Jukebox Diner in Hamilton to the domain in Kawhia, where they ate lunch and watched Shotgun, a classic rock band, perform on stage.  The cruise also offers a lolly scramble for the kids and the opportunity to view the cars, socialise and dance.

This year additional fundraising opportunities will be souvenir photos and buying a ride in a muscle car.

“It will all add to the enjoyment that everyone can have on the day,” says Adam, “as well as everyone getting to support an important cause.

“For people who get diagnosed with MS, you get the diagnosis and then you get cast back into the world and have to deal with it.  But the crucial thing is that you get given the phone number for MS Waikato.  And that organisation is a life saver.  They help you adjust to the diagnosis, help you figure out what you can do to improve your quality of life, keep you up to date with changes and discoveries in research into MS and introduce you to other people who are in the same boat, with varying degrees of progression of the disease.”

If you would like to attend the Kawhia Cruise and support fundraising for MS Waikato, go to www.kawhiacruise.com or email Adam at info@kawhiacruise.com for more information and to register for the cruise.