Women’s Refuge and Life Flight
By Roger Childs
Every year since 2012 the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers have organised the In the Footsteps of the Marines event from Whareroa Farm. Entries are now open at http://www.enteronline.co.nz/index.cfm?page=EventDetails&ID=5322
It always takes place on the Sunday before the American Memorial Day, to remember the role the US Marines played in our local history. Over 15,000 American servicemen passed through the three camps north of Paekakariki in 1942 -1943 before going on to fight the Japanese in the Pacific.
In 2018 the event, which can be walked or run, or a bit of both, will raise money for a number of local groups but especially The Kapiti Women’s Refuge and the Life Flight Trust.
Cash for good causes
The previous six events have each raised over $3000. This money has benefited the local scouts, the Tramway, the Whareroa Guardians, The Kapiti Running and Tri Club, the Wellington Free Ambulance and the Kapiti US Marines Trust.
However each year the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers nominate a charity or charities to be the major recipient for the fund raising.
In the past the big one has been
- Child Cancer
- The Kapiti Food Bank
- Kapiti Youth Support
- Kapiti Youth Quest
So for 2018 the local Women’s Refuge and the Life Flight Trust have been designated by the committee to be the key recipients.
Be part of the action
This year on Sunday May 27, there will be two courses:
- 11.5km for runners and race walkers
- 9.5km for slow joggers and social walkers.
They cover areas where the Marines trained in 1942-3 and will be entirely in Whareroa Farm and on Campbell’s Mill Road.
The event is manageable for anyone with a reasonable standard of fitness. We have had 80 year olds doing it. You can race, jog or walk. Children under 12 need to be fit and able to walk 9.5 km, and must be accompanied by an adult.
For just $25 you get a great off-road experience, wonderful views, a cup of soup and rolls afterwards at the new QE Park Ramaroa Centre, the chance of winning a spot prize and a finisher’s certificate.
But most of all you will know that you will be raising money for worthy Kapiti charities and organisations.
You can enter at http://www.enteronline.co.nz/index.cfm?page=EventDetails&ID=5322
For more information contact Pam and Roger Childs at firstname.lastname@example.org