'Morning exercise' turnout attracts 500 for a good cause

More than 500 people ran or walked from Port Taranaki to the East End skate rink yesterday to get fit, have fun and raise money for a good cause.

Proceeds from Taranaki Newspapers 39th Port to Park fun run and walk went to the New Plymouth Emergency Shelter in Fitzroy.

The weather - cool, with no wind - was perfect for a morning outing with the family.

Danny Hall, with his wife and three children aged 6, 9 and 11, got up for some morning exercise for a number of reasons, he said.

"It's a great cause, a great community event, and it's a good thing to do as a family on a Sunday."

New Plymouth Emergency Shelter Trust chairman Jim Dickinson said it was fantastic the event was donating the proceeds to the shelter.

It cost $30,000 a year to keep the shelter running.

"And being a charity we are always on the edge financially. Every little bit helps and is gets the word out about what we do."

He was always impressed with New Plymouth and the way people stepped up to contribute.

The shelter was always running at near capacity, he said.

"And there is no sign of things tailing off. There was a real shortage of one bedroom affordable accommodation in New Plymouth."

Taranaki Daily News