Fiji fun run, float­ing flotilla fire fundrais­ers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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