Knock, knock, here comes the bag lady

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

If she hasn’t come knock­ing on the door at your busi­ness, she will be soon.

San­dra Hunter is just one of the many vol­un­teers help­ing pre­pare for the an­nual Tower Run, which on Fri­day, March 3 will cel­e­brate its 40th an­niver­sary.

This week she will be visiting busi­nesses col­lect­ing spot prizes for the Tower Run.

She says each year she is al­ways pleased by how the whole town sup­ports the event.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is very gen­er­ous, the whole busi­ness com­mu­nity gets right be­hind the Tower Run, it’s such an in­sti­tu­tion.

‘‘Ev­ery­one seems happy to see me.

‘‘As soon as I walk in with the bag I have used for a few years, they know I am there to col­lect.

‘‘I al­ways think where did the last year go? It comes around so quickly.’’

And it has been a few years since Hunter started help­ing with the Tower Run, so she and her prize bag are a com­mon sight in the weeks pre­ced­ing the an­nual com­mu­nity event.

The Chron­i­cle has been in­volved with the Tower Run since its early in­cep­tion in the late 1970s and Hunter be­came in­volved when she started with the pa­perin 1985.

‘‘Its just a con­tin­u­a­tion of hav­ing be­ing many years.’’

The Tower Run has evolved as the years have gone by and Hunter re­called how much sim­pler the or­gan­i­sa­tion of it was when it first started.

‘‘We didn’t need traf­fic man­age­ment plans and per­mis­sion we in­volved for so used to just do it up the main street and traf­fic stopped.

‘‘But of course there wasn’t the aware­ness of traf­fic safety and com­pli­ance that there is now.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic that it’s sur­vived for 40 years, and not only sur­vived, but thrived.

‘‘It used to be in De­cem­ber and it has moved a few times, it’s good though, it’s great to see the uni­ver­sity stu­dents come back for it.’’

Hunter’s in­volve­ment doesn’t stop with fill­ing the prize bag, she also likes to get out on the track.

‘‘I have walked it a few times and I have en­joyed all of them but the one that is spe­cial for me is when the whole Vic­tim Sup­port team walked it.’’

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