Fiji fun run, floating flotilla fire fundraisers
Some 150 people turned out for the Ongley Park fundraising run for Fiji last week. Organiser Korinne Brown was pleased with the response to her hastily arranged response for the victims of Cyclone Winston.
‘‘I was really stoked for the short time there was to organise it. There were a lot of people there I hadn’t seen before, and heaps of them dressed up. There were even the walking dead – zombies.
‘‘We raised $712 – and that’s pretty cool when runners were only paying $3 a person.
‘‘It’s an extra $270 over the entry fee. People were extremely generous and bought fudge and there was a sausage sizzle.’’
Korinne hopes to be able to organise a further charity run in late July.
Another local fundraiser, the inaugural Red Cross duck race held at Fitzherbert Bridge on Sunday was also considered a success. Sonja de Lange from Red Cross says the flotilla of little yellow racing ducks raised $1200, despite the challenging conditions which at one point saw the wind blowing the ducks upstream.
Sonja says the total helped boost the $9000 from last month’s Palmerston North Red Cross street appeal, with collections from Levin, Rangitikei and Dannevirke still to come in.