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Colleague remembered in run

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2014
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FOND MEMORIES: The Bunnings Warehouse team is doing the Coastal Challenge in memory of their late colleague Jim Wolger who died of cancer last year.

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CHARITY MAN: Jim Wolger died of cancer in December. He is pictured here with his grandson.

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The colleagues of a man who raised more than $2 million for charity are running the Coastal Challenge raising money for North Shore Hospice in his memory.

For the second year in a row a team from Bunnings Warehouse will take part, this year honouring former colleague Jim Wolger, 66, who died of stomach cancer in December.

The grandfather of four was a keen marathon runner who completed the gruelling 251km marathon Des Sables among other endurance events.

Bunnings activities training team member Peter Clarkson says he worked alongside Mr Wolger on various building projects for worthy causes in the North Shore community.

"We built sandpits and ball pits at kindergartens and schools. We did some work at the RSA in Browns Bay on their memorial garden and around hospice."

He says Mr Wolger was the type of guy that would "bend over backwards for you".

He and his wife Ann Wolger, a hospice volunteer, moved to the North Shore from the United Kingdom in 2009.

Prior to that Mr Wolger was the headmaster of a special needs school and was instrumental in the fundraising and building of two London schools.

"He raised over one million pounds in his lifetime. Nothing was ever too much for him," Mr Clarkson says.

About 25 Bunnings' employees will be taking part in the Coastal Challenge on March 1 to raise money for Hospice North Shore.

Hospice staff supported Mr Wolger and his family throughout his illness.

Leading the team is Bunnings Wairau complex manager Derek Powell who says it is about keeping Mr Wolger's memory alive.

"Jim worked for us for about five years. He was good fun, outgoing and quite a humble guy."

Mr Wolger featured on advertising for The Block television series and had a radio segment offering DIY tips.

Regular customers of his would visit especially for his advice.

It was not uncommon for Mr Wolger to spend his own time and money on work-related charity projects, Mr Clarkson says.

Entries are still open for the Coastal Challenge.

Go to coastalchallenge. co.nz to enter or fundraiseonline.co.nz/Bunnings to make a donation towards Hospice North Shore.

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