Auckland runners raise $150k for charity

A GREAT CAUSE:  (l-r) Fairfax NZ CEO Simon Tong, Lorraine Andrewes and Deidre Neville-White from Radio Lollipop, and Matt Ball from Ports of Auckland.
A GREAT CAUSE: (l-r) Fairfax NZ CEO Simon Tong, Lorraine Andrewes and Deidre Neville-White from Radio Lollipop, and Matt Ball from Ports of Auckland.

Thank you Auckland.

That's the word  to all those who registered for this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays and helped raise $150,000 for various charities.

The annual fun run and walk is a joint collaboration between  Fairfax Media, publisher of this paper and the Auckland Joggers Club.

Benefiting charities gathering for a presentation of cheques this month include:

The Hearing House ($28,000), Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand ($25,000), Auckland Cystic Fibrosis ($15,000), Raukatauri Music Trust ($11,000), Kidsline ($26,000), Radio Lollipop ($30,000) and Fairfax First Books ($15,000).

A further $84,000 raised online through Everyday Hero donation pages is  going to other charities across New Zealand. Fairfax Media managing director Simon Tong says nearly 34,000 registered runners, including almost 1000 teams, took part in this year's event.

"In the past 10 years, Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has enabled Fairfax Media to donate more than $1.5 million to a number of charitable causes supporting the health, well-being and development of Auckland's children," he said.

"After reviewing some of the projects these latest  funds will go towards, it is a pleasure to hand over these cheques."


Crohns & Colitis

"Camp Adair will be the first Crohn's Colitis New Zealand (CCNZ) event of its kind for kiwi kids with IBD.  It provides an opportunity for chronically ill children to experience fun and laughter with their peers, while in a space of understanding, support and patient specific care. CCNZ is grateful for the support from Fairfax Media and Ports of Auckland, who have enabled this dream to become a reality." - Brian Poole

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

"In May this year, the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre reached a new milestone, providing music therapy sessions to 217 clients every week. The funds from the 2014 Ports of Auckland Round The Bays event will enable us to offer another ten children from low socio economic households, subsided music therapy sessions for six months.  Two of these children are on our waiting list and they will now be able to start music therapy sessions in the next few weeks." - Carol White

The Hearing House

"Deaf children in the upper North Island will benefit from the $28,000 received from the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run. Proceeds will fund a tympanometer and an audiometer in The Hearing House's planned new premises. These are vital pieces of equipment to help check the health of the ears, diagnose and measure hearing loss in children and to detect different levels of hearing loss. They will help transform the lives of deaf children" - Mary Jane Boland

Radio Lollipop

"The funds raised through Round the Bays will be used for new equipment for the in-house Radio Lollipop studio in our main branch at Starship Hospital. We broadcast live programmes to children in their rooms and in the atrium. Children can join the activities - requesting songs, listening to stories and jokes, participating in competitions, listening to music, winning prizes and having fun! This service normalises the hospital experience by giving children and young people something to do that is not related to being ill." - Lorraine Andrewes

Cystic Fibrosis

"The $15,000 grant will provide exercise allowances to people with CF in Auckland. Exercise is vitally important as it helps to increase lung function. The Round the Bays run itself got our CF community out and exercising along with their friends and families. A great day was had and a further $15,000 was raised through Everyday Hero online fundraising." - Wendy Edmondson


"The support of Ports of Auckland will make a tremendous difference to the kids who reach out to Kidsline, by allowing us to train even more Buddies.  Buddies are amazing year 12 and 13 student volunteers, and the training they receive not only allows them to help the kids who call us, but equips them with skills they can take with them into the community once their time at Kidsline has passed." - Jo Denvir