Beach stroll aims to keep clubs alive

Beach stroll aims to keep clubs alive

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 08:47 22/11/2012

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Beach babes and buff blokes from around the Manawatu will descend on Himatangi Beach this weekend for the inaugural More FM Summer Sands Series.

The Sunday morning saunter along the beach from Himatangi and Foxton is fundraising for the Palmerston North and Foxton Beach Surf Lifesaving Clubs.

The man leading the pack for the seven kilometre-ish stroll is one of the radio station's morning breakfast hosts, Mike West.

Joining him is 60-year-old Himatangi-based beach lifeguard John Fairclough, along with a handful of other beach helpers from the surf lifesaving clubs.

Mr Fairclough, who has been patrolling the beach since he was 16, said community support was essential for keeping the club functioning and hoped people would get behind the cause.

"This is exactly what we need.

"It's really good that people are getting behind us, it will help us last the summer," he said.

It was a perfect opportunity for people to see the beautiful coastlines that are minutes from our towns' centres, he said.

The beach walk will see about 160 people pounding the sands, come rain, hail or shine.

Mr West said he hoped the event would become an annual one and encouraged people to come along and support the surf life saving club.

The funds raised will be split evenly between Palmerston North and Foxton Beach and would go towards the day-to-day running of the clubs.

Tickets for the event are available from the Palmerston North iSite and include a bus ride from Palmerston North iSite to Himatangi Beach and back to the city from Foxton Beach after the walk.

Due to bus space, numbers are limited, so people are encouraged to sign up early.

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