Reg­is­ter for bays fun run for char­i­ties’ sake

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Run­ners not reg­is­ter­ing for the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays are lit­er­ally tak­ing money from char­ity.

That’s the mes­sage from or­gan­is­ers in the build up to the next 8.4km fun run on March 10, 2013.

Fair­fax Me­dia, owner of Subur­ban News­pa­pers and the Auck­land City Har­bour News, co-owns the pop­u­lar event with the Auck­land Jog­gers Club and do­nates the pro­ceeds from reg­is­tered en­tries to se­lected chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

Around $120,000 went to Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, Make-A-Wish New Zealand, Gar­den to Ta­ble Trust, Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion and Fair­fax First Books af­ter last year’s run.

Around 70,000 peo­ple com­plete the run be­tween down­town Auck­land and St He­liers but many fail to pay the $15 reg­is­tra­tion fee that makes do­na­tions pos­si­ble.

Just 42,000 run­ners reg­is­tered last year and Fair­fax Me­dia chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Wil­liams is keen to see that num­ber go sky­ward in 2013.

‘‘It would be fan­tas­tic if more peo­ple un­der­stood that their reg­is­tra­tion fees go to such worth­while en­deav­ours,’’ he says.

‘‘The more par­tic­i­pants that reg­is­ter, the more funds we have to al­lo­cate to de­serv­ing char­i­ties.’’

Reg­is­tra­tions for the lat­est run open on Novem­ber 16 at roundthe­ and en­trants will be en­cour­aged to raise money for one of the se­lected char­i­ties via Fundraise On­line when they sign up.

Mr Wil­liams says reg­is­tered run­ners will help make a real dif­fer­ence.

‘‘I’m re­ally en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get be­hind char­i­ties by reg­is­ter­ing to take part,’’ he says. ‘‘ Don’t run for noth­ing!’’

Round the Bays was started by the Auck­land Jog­gers Club in 1972 with 1200 par­tic­i­pants.

It will cel­e­brate

its 41st an­niver­sary next year as one of the world’s largest fun runs and New Zealand’s big­gest mass par­tic­i­pa­tion sport­ing event.

Spon­sors along­side Subur­ban News­pa­pers and Ports of Auck­land in­clude the Fair­fax owned Sun­day StarTimes.

Wor­thy cause: Allen Wil­liams with some of the chil­dren tak­ing part in the Fair­fax First Books scheme – one of nu­mer­ous char­i­ties to ben­e­fit from Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays pro­ceeds.

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