Work­ers help Harold make it through


Con­trac­tors work­ing on the road and rail earthquake re­build have pulled out all stops to get Harold the gi­raffe, to Kaik­oura’s Whale Run this week­end.

The Life Ed­u­ca­tion mas­cot is a reg­u­lar at the event, how­ever with di­rect road ac­cess from Blen­heim to Kaik­oura cut off it’s been dif­fi­cult for him to make the trip down.

Tim Glanville re­gional man­ager of Ful­ton Ho­gan Marl­bor­ough, sup­port­ers of the local Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, said af­ter li­ais­ing with key staff at the North Can­ter­bury Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Re­cov­ery al­liance (NCTIR) they came up with a plan top get Harold down to run in the 2km MaraFun.

Ful­ton Ho­gan will drive Harold to Clarence where he will be es­corted by NCTIR in a he­li­copter from Clarence to Kaik­oura.

Harold couldn’t con­tain his ex­cite­ment when he knew he was go­ing to join his class­mates in the Kaik­oura Sub­ur­ban School fundraiser on Satur­day.

Its the sec­ond time since the Novem­ber earthquake Harold has had help get­ting to Kaik­oura.

He paid a visit to the school in May when the earthquake com­mis­sion-spon­sored a truck to tow Harold with his han­dler Genevieve McDon­ald and the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust mo­bile class­room from Blen­heim to Kaik­oura and back by the al­ter­nate route.

The gi­raffe and his mo­bile class­room teach more than 250,000 chil­dren each year to make good choices so they can live full and healthy lives.

This time Harold will have to leave his han­dler in Blen­heim, while he’s given free rein.

Mac­Don­ald said Harold has be­come an an­nual favourite at the Kaik­oura Sub­ur­ban Schools fundraiser the Whale Run.

‘‘This year it has been par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to get Harold down to Kaik­oura with SH1 be­ing closed, but both Ful­ton Ho­gan and NCTIR have stepped up to the chal­lenge and are will­ing to take Harold on an ad­ven­ture so he can run in the event.

‘‘Life Ed­u­ca­tion Marl­bor­ough want to say a big thank you to both groups for mak­ing it pos­si­ble and for en­abling the chil­dren of Kaik­oura to have some joy and fun,’’ said Mac­Don­ald.

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