Fiji Fun-run

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Sum­mer’s pop­u­lar Su­per 7s evening runs are al­ready a dis­tant mem­ory. But next week there’s a chance to re­visit them, and con­trib­ute to a wor­thy cause at the same time.

When Korinne Brown’s army en­gi­neer part­ner started post­ing images of the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Cy­clone Win­ston in Fiji, the FMG in­sur­ance an­a­lyst and keen run­ner de­cided some­thing should be done.

‘‘My part­ner, Chris Dono­van is part of the de­ploy­ment sent to Fiji on Fe­bru­ary 24. I’ve seen all the pictures on Face­book, so I thought about or­gan­is­ing some­thing for the peo­ple of Fiji.’’

The cou­ple had par­tic­i­pated in a char­ity run last year in Taupo for the girls in Kenya, and Korinne de­cided a sim­i­lar event could be or­gan­ised here.

The out­come is an all-ages, timed char­ity fun run and walk next Tues­day 29 around On­g­ley Park over three dis­tances 1.9km, 3.8km and 5.7km. Walk­ers are wel­come and so is dress-up.

‘‘I love dress­ing up, and will jump at any op­por­tu­nity to do it. There’ll be kids there, so I thought some peo­ple might like that op­tion.’’

So, break out the tu­tus, tiaras, capes, one­sies, wed­ding gowns, quirky char­ac­ters, and any­thing else lurk­ing in the cos­tume box.

‘‘I plan on get­ting pretty dressed up. There is a prize for the best dressed, and some spot prizes as well.’’

A pho­tog­ra­pher will cap­ture those wacky cos­tumed moments, and there’s a lolly scram­ble for the kids. En­try is the same as the Su­per 7s, $3, but there will be do­na­tion boxes if par­tic­i­pants want to give fur­ther.

Korinne hopes a great turnout will make a dif­fer­ence for the peo­ple of Fiji, as well as ac­knowl- edge and sup­port what Kiwi army sap­pers are do­ing there.

Regis­tra­tion at the cricket cen­tre on Park Rd is from 5.30pm with the run at 6.15pm, but no dogs please. See face­book.com/ events/1740640782889010/ or Face book:- Char­ity Fun Run/walk – raise money for Fiji.

Korinne, is pic­tured on the page hold­ing a ‘‘Get Ellen DeGeneres to help Fiji’’ sign. A fan of Ellen, she’s hop­ing the post may at­tract the host’s at­ten­tion.

‘‘Ran­dom peo­ple get through to her – so, you never know.’’

Korinne can be con­tacted through FMG on 0800 366 466. The bank ac­count for di­rect con­tri­bu­tions is 03-0726-0649853-00, ref­er­ence ‘‘FIJI’’

Photo: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

In a cossie rep­re­sent­ing the colours of the Fi­jian flag blue, red, white and yel­low, Korinne Brown is en­cour­ag­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to join in a char­ity run for Fiji next Tues­day evening.

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