Annual run raises $1200 for charity

Almost 60 competitors pounded the pavement on Sunday, May 5, for the annual Make-A-Wish Fun Run.

For the goodwill of raising money for a charity, competitors of all ages made their way to the Solomontown Beach and along Main Road to help the Port Pirie branch raise money for two wishes.

Debra Stephens, the vice president and wish granting coordinator for Make-A-Wish Port Pirie, says they are currently working on fundraising for two wishes.

"All our fundraising goes towards wishes. We have a little girl in Whyalla and a young boy in Jamestown," she said.

Deb explains that for this year's run, the weather was perfect and there was a whole variety of competitors who took part in either the five-kilometre or 10-kilometre run or walk.

"The actual run itself, everyone had an awesome day. We had spectators sitting on the sidelines. We also had massage there, $10 for a massage - he was very busy. A sausage sizzle, which the guy said was really successful and we also had the coffee van there as well.

"They are competitive with themselves as well, they will get their times from last year and try and beat their personal best. We time everybody, whether it is 5 km or 10 km, it is both. Some do it for fun, we have people who push prams and lots of other things in years gone by," Deb said.

Officially, the run raised about $1,200.

Winners: 10km male runner, Grant Dempsey, 10km female runner, Marian Van Antwerpen, 10km male walker, Steve Parkin, 10km female walker, Margaret Johns.