2022 Cheese Roll ‘bigger and better’

Families line up their cheese-carrying carts at the Southland Cheese Roll start line on Lee St in Bluff last year. Photo: Supplied

ORGANISERS of the Southland Cheese Roll are disappointed the event will be cancelled this year.

The Southland Cheese Roll was a community event, supported by New Zealand Red Cross.

The competition encouraged participants to bring their most reliable and fastest cheese-carrying carts to transport a small cube of cheese down Lee St, Bluff.

Organiser Callum Clark said they were saddened the event would not happen as it was a great day.

“After all the support from prize donors, stakeholders and the hours put in by our volunteers building up to this point, it’s a shame not to see it go ahead. However, it is the best decision given the situation we find ourselves in.”

The decision to cancel the race was made two weeks before the event was due to happen.

“Given the current state of Covid-19, the risk to the public health is too great for us to responsibly host the Southland Cheese Roll on the intended date this year.

“We had given the event every opportunity to progress but the situation had not improved by that point to do so safely.”

He was grateful to sponsors and supporters who backed the event as a great amount of effort had gone into the preparations for the event, he said.

“A lot of work went in to growing the event from last year including funding, logistics, advertising, sponsors, council permissions and recruiting volunteers.

“We are disappointed the event won’t happen this year, but we will be back bigger and better in 2022.”