Bays run gift thrills Hear­ing House

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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