Going off road for a while to fundraise are the M2PP Team in the Kapiti Run for Youth event. Photo courtesy of Lee Framption, 16Nine Photography
Sunday 2 November dawned cloudy and was forecasting strengthening northerlies. True to word there was no rain yet the wind on the beach was fierce meaning runners and walking flew south, however heading home was much tougher being battered about.
"This did not dampen spirits though as we had around 400 very positive people show to participate in the event," said Richard Calkin of Web Genius. The group was diverse with individuals and business groups made-up of mums, dads, grandparents, kids and lots of pet dogs on leashes all out to have fun on the Kapiti Coast beach front while raising money for Kapiti youth. Everyone wore their business brand proudly and some even dressed up for the occasion making for a very colourful and fun atmosphere.
Richard says "Sponsorship will remain open online for another two weeks so we are confident with what we know so far that we have achieved our $20,000 target. As a Committee, we feel really terrific about this as much work and planning goes on behind the scenes to make an event such as this happen."
Richard went on to say that "Kapiti is a small community and the economic environment is still pretty tight out there so we are wrapped with this tentative result as Kapiti youth with benefit from the commitment of other local people." The Committee that work with Richard are Terry Poko of Youth Quest, Richard van Eck of Low Tax Accounting, Peter Jackson of Peter Jackson Plumbing and Helene Judge of Kapiti Business Projects. This team agrees the cause is fundamentally good as youth are close to peoples' hearts and the fact that all participants actually get out and do something meaningful, fun and healthy adds more value to those that choose to sponsor them.
Winners on the day included:
1. 12km run – Andre Vroon (52.23)
2. 6km run – Cristobal Avila, M2PP Group (25.37)
3. 12km walk – Tania Dally (1.32)
4. 6km walk – Jocasta Oliver, Gemz Beauty (48.03)
Terry Poko and Darcy Hata led a large team of boys to help with set-up and to run the turnaround point and finish line – they did an awesome job. We are humbled by the generosity of others and are excited about the donation that will make a huge difference to our two key programmes, Operations and Mentoring, says Terry.
It's not too late to sponsor anyone that took part in Kapiti Run for Youth – go to our web site and donate securely with your credit card via PayPal, www.kapitirunforyouth.co.nz