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.

Queen­stown wrestler Marc Perry will be fight­ing in a South­ern Pro Wrestling New Zealand cham­pi­onship in Queen­stown on July 15.

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