Community effort . . . . Being thanked for their help with the Hadlow to Harbour fun run are (back, from left) Hadlow to Harbour committee convener Noel Crawford, Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs, South Canterbury Stroke Club members Bruce Steven and Ethel Elliotte and South Canterbury Hospice general manager Peter O'Neill, and (front, left) Janice Higinbottom and Margueritte Gliddon (right) from the Heart Foundation. Life Education trustee Clare Bruce, and PHOTO: GEOFF CLOAKE

by Helen Holt

Four South Canterbury charities have each received $2000 and a thank you from the Hadlow to Harbour fun run.

The Life Education Trust, Heart Foundation, South Canterbury Hospice and Stroke Club each provided 10 volunteers to marshal at intersections along the route.

In turn, the Timaru North Rotary Club was able to make donations to the organisations.

Organising committee convener Noel Crawford said the volunteers were essential for the event to go ahead.

“There’s a lot of intersections between Hadlow and Caroline Bay. We haven’t got enough people at Rotary Club to patrol the intersections, so we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers.”

Volunteers and sponsors of the event were acknowledged at a formal function last Thursday .

“The presentation today is our way to thank them for helping us.”

The event in March was a great success, with 870 participants.

Mr Crawford said they were pleased, considering the event almost did not go ahead due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2.

“It was pretty close. We were just coming out of Level 2, where we couldn’t have had a gathering of more than 100 people if the restriction was extended.

“We had to proceed as if we were. It didn’t do us any harm. We had a great turnout.”

The function also thanked event sponsors including Alpine Energy, Ritchies Transport, Fulton Hogan and PrimePort Timaru.