Event sup­ports char­i­ties

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Six char­i­ties will ben­e­fit from the 2013 Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run on March 10.

The event is co-owned by the Auck­land Jog­gers Club and Fairfax Me­dia, owner of Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers and the Cen­tral Leader.

Pro­ceeds from reg­is­tra­tions to­talling $1.5 mil­lion have been do­nated to var­i­ous chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

The next ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be YMCA Auck­land, Auck­land Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis, Choice Foun­da­tion Stand Tall Pro­gramme, Va­ri­ety, Make-aWish NZ and Fairfax First Books.

Fairfax Me­dia chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Wil­liams hopes for a record num­ber of reg­is­tered run­ners to make the event a success. Around 70,000 peo­ple com­plete the water- front course be­tween down­town Auck­land and St He­liers each year but not all pay the $15 reg­is­tra­tion fee that helps boost the cof­fers of cho­sen char­i­ties.

Only 42,000 run­ners reg­is­tered last year.

‘‘We’ve al­ready opened reg­is­tra­tions and bar­be­cue site book­ings for the 2013 run and for the first time have in­cor­po­rated on­line fundrais­ing for the se­lected char­i­ties,’’ Mr Wil­liams says.

‘‘Get­ting be­hind a cause and run­ning for a rea­son will raise even more funds to go to th­ese char­i­ties and help even more kids.’’

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