In Gear | Rotary in Southern New Zealand In Gear - Issue 3 - Page 66

On your marks, get set ... fun! Thirty years down the road, and there’s no letting up for those fleet-footed folk who turn out to the Rotary Club of Timaru North’s hugely successful annual Hadlow to Harbour run-walk event. Like last year, the “H2H”, which has grown to be one of the major drawcards on the South Canterbury event calendar, drew an impressive crowd of more than 1200 for the big day on March 5, says its assistant convenor, Rotarian Noel Crawford. “We had all ages, from around five to people into their 70s – and, that’s if you don’t count babies and toddlers who were carried or wheeled in pushchairs. We even had one prizewinning mum who actually managed to do both,” he says. Participants can run or opt to walk, with two options: a 10km trek from Hadlow, in the countryside, to the Port of Timaru’s Caroline Bay, or a shorter, city-based 3km course. And, every year, the H2H proves to be the ultimate ‘fun run’. “The speedster placegetters who cross the line first get the honour, the glory … and nothing else,” Noel explains. “In the spirit of the event, the array of amazing prizes, generously donated by local businesses, is awarded either by random draw, or to the likes of the wearer of the craziest outfit – of which there are many. There are also special treats for the likes of the elderly and the ill who have pushed through their challenges to take part. There are prizes, too, for school and sports groups.” Major sponsors and businesses which donated key prizes included: South Canterbury District Health Board, Holcim Cement, PrimePort, McCain Foods, Air Safaris, Sport Canterbury and Movie Max. South Canterbury businesses also rallied to provide a wealth of practical help: Fulton Hogan, Ritchies Coachlines, the Timaru Herald, Port F.M., Timaru Signs, McDonalds and Waipopo Orchards. That support, together with participants’ entry fees, meant a healthy profit of $15,000, most of which will go to five local charities: the Alzheimers Foundation, Heart Foundation, Stroke Club, South Canterbury Hospice and Life Education Trust. The speedster placegetters who cross the line first get the honour, the glory … and nothing else.” Noel Crawford, Rotary Club of Timaru North Leftover proceeds, Noel says, will be combined with takings from the club’s Bookarama and go toward numerous community initiatives, including Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) and Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), both of which are aimed at high school students. Funds would also go to community events backed by the Rotary Club of Timaru North, such as Atarama, which sees school students’ art work displayed at Aigantighe Art gallery, and the ever-popular Carols by Candlelight at Christmas.