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many kids in red soxSir Peter Blake’s legacy lives with Waikanae kids

By Peter Corlett

Waikanae School kids’ last day before the holidays was awash with red… and so Sir Peter Blake’s legend lives on.

Before Sir Peter Blake was killed in 2001, he could not have imagined that the lucky red socks he liked to wear during the 1995 America’s Cup yachting challenge would become a symbol of the Kiwi spirit.

Even less that there would be an annual Red Socks day to keep his memory, spirit and values alive for future generations of Kiwis.And so Waikanae kids have celebrated the contribution he made to NZ — and how he made people aware 0f threats to the environment.

In 2004, the Sir Peter Blake Trust was formed to foster environmental awareness, adventure and leadership in action.

It also promotes the annual Red Socks day, with proceeds helping the Trust to run environmental and youth leadership programmes.

So at Waikanae School children from the senior school organised and ran a range of lunchtime activities — sack races, cup stacking, hoop throwing, skittles, and red sox at waikanaeface painting for the rest of the children in the school.

And the children recalled Sir Peter Blake’s key message: ‘Having vision is not enough. Change comes through realising the vision and turning it into a reality.’