Bays run gift thrills Hearing House
Hearing-impaired children will get the home therapy visits they need thanks to the Auckland Joggers Club.
The joggers are partners in the HSBC Round the Bays event and every year countless members volunteer to do everything from man the finish line to looking after lost children.
But the group, which meets every week in Cornwall Park, also suggests suitable recipients for the funds raised and this year member Carole Young was keen to see Hearing House supported.
The charity, based in Campbell Rd at the back of the park, works with children suffering hearing difficulties but its home therapy visits were in danger because vehicle running costs were excessive.
The joggers stepped into the breach and Greenlane KIA, just around the corner in Great South Rd, came up with a deal that saw Hearing House take possession of a near new Rio car.
The donation means therapists will continue to visit rural schools and take their home audiology services as far afield as Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton.
Hearing House director Scott Johnston was amazed.
“When you guys came along and said you’d help we never dreamed we would end up with a new car,” he says.
“The benefits children will get through the therapy visits, you just can’t quantify.”
HSBC Round the Bays is an event of Fairfax Media, the owners of the Auckland City Harbour News.
It has become one of Auckland’s premier charity events.
Greenlane KIA’s director Andre Flavell was pleased to be able to help.
“It’s a great little car going to a great group that does a lot of work that is barely recognised.”
Round the Bays helper David Kemeys says the joggers are vital to the event and he was delighted the group had recognised a charity on its doorstep to help.
“These are people we simply could not run the event without, and it is great that they have been so willing to help us, and others in the community.”
This year’s HSBC Round the Bays is on March 15.
Gifted Kids, Fairfax First Books and the Hearing House will be supported from the money raised but organisers are also set to announce significant support for other projects in the area. The 8.4km long course takes joggers and walkers along the harbour from the city to St Heliers.
The website at www.round thebays.co.nz has a training schedule as well as information on the day, including how you can enter for $15 an adult and $10 for those under 16.
Drive time: KIA’s Andre Flavell, centre, presents the car to Naomi Gibson, Estelle Barlow, Scott Johnston and Tara Young from Hearing House.