Mountain run helps children’s education
Participants of the Mt Difficulty Rustic Run and Ascent will achieve more than racing in a gnarly mountain event - they will also help Central Otago children with learning difficulties.
Central and Southern Autism Support Group spokeswoman Odette Hopgood-Bride said they would provide catering at the event on June 10 to raise funds to provide education support for pupils with learning difficulties. ‘‘The Ministry of Education does provide funding but it depends on the severity what schools get. Schools are fantastic but it is nowhere near enough.’’
They have six children they were providing support for, which cost about $30,000 annually. ‘‘It is really hard for us to do something like a raffle ... this way, by providing catering, it is something we can do four times a year and it helps us so much.’’
The group would provide baked potatoes, pies and pizza - cash only.
Terry Davis, of Highland Events, said the Mount Difficulty Ascent was an extreme marathon or half marathon, and was part of the Oceania SkyRunning Series. ‘‘It is still the toughest and most gnarly mountain marathon or half marathon in Australasia. The Rustic Run is still a great family and novices friendly relay race.’’
Ascent registrations were accepted until 7.30pm on Friday at Mt Difficulty before the pre-race briefing. Rustic Run or Walk registrations were open on June 10, from 8.30am for a 10am start.
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