Event: Neon Night Walk/ Run 4 Good mag­i­cal bush walk for Char­ity

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Jill Ford

Walk­ing in the bush at night is pretty mag­i­cal but some­thing most peo­ple don’t do. A new and in­spir­ing event – Neon Night Walk in the Colo­nial Knob/ Ran­gatuhi Re­serve, Porirua is about to change that, on 27 Oc­to­ber 2018 with par­tic­i­pants choos­ing a char­ity to fund raise for and the dis­tance they want to walk or run, all in beau­ti­ful bush.

It’s Hal­loween sea­son so an ex­cuse to dress up in neon and a way for older kids to do good in­stead of trick and treat­ing. Def­i­nitely a walk with a dif­fer­ence.

The event is held on a stun­ning 8 km loop walk in Ran­gi­tuhi Re­serve, with peo­ple able to opt to walk or run, 1, 2 or 3 loops, con­quer­ing Colo­nial Knob on the way.

The beau­ti­ful loop was re­cently com­pleted by Porirua City Coun­cil and fea­tures a 1.8km climb of sev­eral sets of steps along a stream val­ley in glo­ri­ous Nikau for­est. Then a grad­ual 6.8km grad­ual zig zag down through a for­est of ko­hekohe, tawa and re­warewa.

At the top you’ll think you’ve sprouted wings, from this lofty perch you can view the Kaik­oura Range in the south and Mt Taranaki in the north-west with Mana and Kapiti Is­lands on the seaward

side.

You are able to start be­tween 5.30pm and 7pm so most will reach the top by dusk, with sun­set for those at the top at 7.40pm.

Hav­ing three op­tions; to walk 8 kms ,16 km or run 24 km means it is ac­ces­si­ble to a wide range of peo­ple but also of­fers a chal­lenge to keen walk­ers and trial run­ners.

You can reg­is­ter at neon­night­walk. co.nz choos­ing ei­ther one of the seven part­ner char­i­ties; Save The Chil­dren, Heart Kids, De­men­tia Welling­ton, Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion, Arthri­tis NZ, Healthy Fu­tures, Life Flight and get a dis­counted en­try fee or you can se­lect a char­ity of YOUR choice and pay the stan­dard en­try.

Jill Ford the or­gan­iser says “There are 27,000 reg­is­tered char­i­ties in NZ, that’s one char­ity per 170 peo­ple in New Zealand! Kiwi’s are big hearted gen­er­ous folk’s but the num­bers make it very hard for char­i­ties to raise funds.”

Event fundrais­ing is huge over­seas, it’s been a ma­jor suc­cess for char­i­ties to en­gage with their sup­port­ers and grow com­mu­nity as well as funds, says Jill

In 2015 the events fundrais­ing mar­ket in the UK raised more than $51m equiva- lent to New Zealand per capita.

She said “New Zealand char­i­ties lag be­hind be­cause they’re small and cre­at­ing an event is ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing.”

To help char­i­ties raise funds through events Ms.Ford is plan­ning a se­ries of events start­ing with the Neon Night Walk on Oc­to­ber 27. For more info: Neon­night­walk.co.nz

Above: The top of Colo­nial Knob.

Be­low left: A stop for a sel­phie.

Be­low left: The trail here wan­ders though bush.

Above: On the trail look­out. look­ing back Porirua .

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