Children have fun with colours at the Cook Islands Autism Te Kara Run in 2021. AL WILLIAMS/ 21112637
The much-anticipated Cook Islands Autism’s biggest fundraising event, Te Kara Run, is making a “colourful” return this year on Friday, November 24 , after a lapse of two years.
Registrations are now open for the 2023 Air New
Zealand Te Kara Run, a 3.2-kilometre fun run/walk event where participants are
dunked in colour at several stations along the course.
Several hundred people are expected to brave the dry
and windy conditions for the popular fun run which raises funds for the
educational and social development programmes for children with Autism.
Te Kara Run will start and finish at the Constitution
Park (Terevete Park) with a warm up at 4.30pm before the run at 5pm.
Kat Jensen, Autism’s programme manager, said in the
last run in 2021, 780 packs were sold.
“We are expecting 800-1000 people to participate this
year,” she said.
Te Kara Run is about bringing the community together
for a fun active event for the whole family and raising funds to support our
programmes, Jensen added.
She explained, that this event is suitable for all
abilities and levels of fitness.
“It’s not a race as such, it’s a colourful fun event
and less about the distance and time and more about having good old fashion fun
and supporting a good cause.
“While our event is all about having fun, we also
focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is an event for everyone, for all
fitness levels and ages,” Jensen said.
This is Autism Cook Islands’ third Te Kara Run. The
organisation is very excited this year to have their very first naming/gold
sponsor, Air New Zealand, who will also host the final colour station.
The silver/colour station sponsors are: Vodafone, ANZ
Bank, Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI), Bank of the South Pacific (BSP),
Stonefish Studios Aitutaki and Maritime Cook Islands.
The bronze sponsors are: Cook Islands Tourism,
Vonnia’s, The Lucky Rooster Eatery, Te Marae Ora and Super Brown.
All the colour stations will have coloured powder
representing their organisation, for example, ANZ – Blue, BSP – Green, Vodafone
– Red and BCI - Yellow
Get your whole family, work crew, youth group and take
the opportunity to let off some steam and have a great time together. Don’t
forget to register and pay the fee of $30 per person or $25 per person for a
group of 10 or more to secure your race pack containing a T-shirt or singlet, sunglasses
and a colour pack.
Te Kara Run’s registration booth will be open this
Thursday at the Pacific Islands Forum Trade Days from 8am to 3pm. They will be at
BCI Bank on Friday from 11am to 2pm, 10am to 2pm at BSP Bank on November 17,
and 10am to 2pm at the Shelter across from the Police Station (November 20 to