Go red for a Challenge
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.