Mangawhai’s pavements were besieged with a variety of Queens on the official royal birthday weekend. Balancing tiaras and crowns, 120 walkers and runners participated in a 5km fun run fundraiser for a local school.
Rodney College principal, Irene Symes says the event was well supported by the local community.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the sponsors for their support and Fred at Mangawhai Tavern for hosting the event,” Symes says. “I’d also like to say a special thank you to the school’s PTA for organising the run, especially PTA members Megan Bennett, Jo Yuretich and Jill Oldfield as they were the brainchild of the fundraiser.”
Rodney College are currently fundraising to equip the school with a much-needed outdoors cover for the student hub area for protection from sun and rain.
“The $2800 raised is a step in the right direction,” says Symes.
PTA member Jill Oldfield, royally attired in her wedding dress, says they hope to make the fun run an annual occasion.
“It’s our inaugural fundraiser event. It’s been such a great turnout… we’ll just have to do it again.”
WORDS PHOTOS/Julia Wade
1: Queen Bee, Rodney College Principal Irene Symes says she is ‘very, very happy’ with the event’s turnout.
2: This family pack of Queens did more than shuffle around the streets! Mangawhai locals, Casey Allott, Shirley Schlooz-Allott, Tara Nolan and Lynette Allott.
3: Murray Glen, who has a grandson at Rodney College, says he used to eat marathons for breakfast in the old days!
4: Queen Bees Emma Ehrler and Lauren Courtley with their little worker bees.
5: Elegant queen, PTA member Jill Oldfield says they had a range of spot prizes to give away including best dressed, largest family and oldest participant.