Run­ning to raise funds for pool

The Invercargill Eye - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY WIT­SEY

The Win­ton com­mu­nity is be­ing asked to throw on some run­ning shoes and sup­port the town’s pool.

Funds raised from this year’s Win­ton Fun Run, on Sun­day, will be do­nated to the com­mu­nity pool, which is in need of a $30,000 paint job and main­te­nance work.

Win­ton Pool com­mit­tee mem­ber Maria Scam­mell said the pool had been well sup­ported this year, but pools took money to run and the fun run was a good source of rev­enue.

‘‘We re­ally need this fundrais­ing. It’s vi­tal for the pool and we’re call­ing on the com­mu­nity to get out on the day and sup­port us.

‘‘Bring the kids in their push chairs, even grandma and grandad can have a go.’’

Last year about 650 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated, up about 100 on the year be­fore.

The event will start and fin­ish at Cen­tral South­land Col­lege, where the pool is lo­cated, with ev­ery par­tic­i­pant re­ceiv­ing a free swim at the end of their run.

Col­lege mu­sic stu­dents will per­form live mu­sic through­out the day, adding to the party at­mos­phere, she said.

New World Win­ton is giv­ing par­tic­i­pants free bot­tled wa­ter and fruit, with free ice blocks also avail­able at the end of the run.

‘‘We re­ally couldn’t run this event with­out their great sup­port.’’

Par­tic­i­pants can walk, run or bike the 2.5, 6 or 12 kilo­me­tre course, which starts at 10am, and can en­ter at Win­ton New World, Win­ton Night and Day, or the pool.

This year, a chal­lenge is once again go­ing out to schools to get the high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion rate. Win­ton Pri­mary School, which won the chal­lenge last year, will be back.

Prin­ci­pal Steve Wadsworth said there was a school-wide health and phys­i­cal well­be­ing fo­cus at the school this term, and he would be en­cour­ag­ing as many stu­dents and staff as pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate.

‘‘We sup­port the fun run be­cause it is a well run com­mu­nity event that not only en­cour­ages get­ting out there and be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive, but also raises much needed funds for our lo­cal com­mu­nity pool.’’

MARY WIT­SEY

Win­ton School stu­dents are ready for the Win­ton Fun Run on Sun­day.

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