Jolie's charitable mission

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 09:40 09/11/2012
Jolie Dickson
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Run for kids: Jolie Dickson stretches out at Wellington Airport.

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Running 42 kilometres in Melbourne has helped a Wellington woman raise nearly $3000 for Cure Kids.

Jolie Dickson completed the Melbourne marathon last month in a personal best time of 3 hours 42 minutes. She also raised $2915 for Cure Kids through a fundraiser supported by her workplace. Dickson works at Avis Budget Rental Cars at Wellington Airport.

"Budget has always been a sponsor for Cure Kids and Avis has got on board as well. Our national mission was to raise $100,000 for the charity. I decided fundraising through the marathon was a good idea," she said.

"I have been blown away by the response to the fundraising. My goal was $1000. So to get almost $3000 has been great."

She said her inspiration was a sick little boy.

"I have a cousin whose son has had multiple operations," she said.

"I have a blown-up picture of him in my office and he was my inspiration. The money I raised is nothing compared to the cost involved, but every little bit helps. The whole experience has been very humbling."

Dickson said she enjoyed the Melbourne marathon.

"Running in Melbourne was amazing. Running into the MCG, I was just awestruck. I did the Rotorua marathon in 4h 16m, so to beat my personal best by 30 minutes was great.

"The conditions were perfect in Melbourne and I'm conditioned to run in Wellington weather, so it was easier.

"I remember coming back from one run here, having spent three hours running into the cold wind, just feeling awful."

Dickson said she found running relaxing.

"I've been running for eight years. It keeps me sane. It's time out to listen to my music and zone out. I also enjoy the challenge of bettering my personal best times."

She said she would keep fundraising for Cure Kids until the Avis Budget group reached its national target of $100,000.

To donate go to fundraiseonline.co.nz and search for Jolie Dickson.

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