Go red for a Chal­lenge

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page - BY LINDA HALL

Here’s a way to not only get chil­dren off their de­vices and ex­er­cis­ing with­out re­ally re­al­is­ing it but also to help them un­der­stand what it means to help other chil­dren who have vir­tu­ally noth­ing.

The Cruisy Cape Coast Fam­ily Fun Day on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25 is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do all three.

Run by the Hast­ings branch of Save the Chil­dren New Zealand the event is a chal­lenge to Hawke’s Bay res­i­dents to go red and join in the fun day.

It is part of a na­tion­wide cam­paign for Save the Chil­dren called Char­lie’s Chal­lenge to raise funds to help the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in coun­tries like In­done­sia, Bangladesh or Nepal.

“We’ve all seen what has hap­pened in Su­lawesi and how it af­fected the chil­dren there,” Hast­ings branch spokesper­son Glenda Owen said. “We are keen to raise funds for chil­dren in need through our fun event, the Cruisy Cape Coast Fam­ily Fun Day.

“We’re invit­ing every­one — young and old — to join in on Novem­ber 25 and run, walk, cy­cle, scooter, pushchair from Te Awanga to Clifton Road Re­serve and back. It’s about 5km and peo­ple are wel­come to bring their dogs on a leash.”

The event will start and end at Te Awanga Hall, Well­wood Ter­race, Te Awanga at 10.30am, fol­lowed by a sausage siz­zle — and a treat for dogs.

“We’re hop­ing the peo­ple of Hawke’s Bay will join in this fun event, wear red, and help raise funds for chil­dren in need by do­nat­ing a $5 en­try fee,” Glenda said.

Peo­ple can also cre­ate their own fundrais­ing page on join.char­li­eschal­lenge.org.nz/

In ad­di­tion to the fun day any­one can cre­ate their own Char­lie’s Chal­lenge fundrais­ing event within three cat­e­gories — eat red, run red or wear red.

“Some ideas in­clude hav­ing a red-based din­ner party and ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate the cost of a meal, run­ning a race in red and ask­ing peo­ple to spon­sor them, or chal­leng­ing school or work­mates to dye their hair red for the week and hold­ing a col­lec­tion for Char­lie’s Chal­lenge,” she said.

Jen Or­mond, who is the new­est Hawke’s Bay com­mit­tee mem­ber of Save the Chil­dren says the money raised goes straight to the chil­dren who most des­per­ately need it.

She joined Save the Chil­dren be­cause she had a bit of time on her hands and wanted to make a dif­fer­ence.

“Hav­ing trav­elled to so many poor coun­tries and seen the ba­sic sur­vival chal­lenges that vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren face ev­ery day, I am right be­hind Save the Chil­dren to try and make a dif­fer­ence,” Jen said.

“Char­lie’s Chal­lenge will be a won­der­ful fun fam­ily day. The course is flat and not at all ar­du­ous.”

Char­lie’s Chal­lenge ac­tiv­i­ties can be run any­time from now un­til Novem­ber 27 and any­where in the coun­try. Peo­ple can set their own goals and fundrais­ing amount.

■ To find out more about Char­lie’s Chal­lenge go to www.char­li­eschal­lenge.org.nz

■ For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Glenda Owen 06-8750074 and 0211343005 or Jen Or­mond 0274845228

■ Regis­tra­tion on the day at the hall with eft­pos fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

Funds raised from Char­lie’s Chal­lenge will be used to give chil­dren around the world a healthy start in life, the op­por­tu­nity to learn and pro­tec­tion from harm.

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