Led by Kuia, Lady Morrison (in black jacket,) more than 180 runners and walkers, young and old, resident and visitor, turned out for the Queenstown-organised 2013 Pat Farry Trust Fun Run and Walk in Rotorua on Saturday. Photo by Dee Duncan.
Organisers from the Queenstown-based Pat Farry Rural Health
Education Trust say they are thrilled their latest fun run
and walk doubled its numbers since the inaugural outing last
The trust held its event on Saturday in association with the
New Zealand Rural General Practice Network's annual
conference in Rotorua, an area where the trust's work to
support the provision of innovative rural healthcare and
education was unknown.
The event raised more than $3000 (and counting) by donation
for the trust's work.
The fun run was held just before St Patrick's Day, the day Dr
Farry was born and the reason for his Christian name.
Of the 180 entrants, more than half came from Rotorua and the
Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions while the other entrants
had come for the conference from all over New Zealand.
Wakatipu businesses Apt Design, Rural Women Glenorchy,
Ultimate Hikes New Zealand and Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, which
gave $5000 of legal help, all supported the trust and the
event, as well as La Hoods the Chemist, Gore, and Ethical
Sue Farry, trustee and widow of Dr Farry, said the trust
tried to act as a catalyst between health professionals and
communities. It was terrific 80 health professionals, such as
doctors, nurses, medical students and pharmaceutical industry
representatives, joined in with 100 residents.
Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters and Kuia, Lady Morrison joined
the 2.5km walk and 5km run. Lady Morrison, the widow of New
Zealand entertainer Howard Morrison, was a passionate walker
and inspired others to ''put your health first''. She had
entered the event's largest team.
In welcoming participants, Mr Winters, a dairy farmer before
taking public office, remarked on the value of the Rural
General Practice Network and other rural healthcare services
to their communities.
Mrs Farry thanked both the conference and the community for
''We came to Rotorua as unknowns and you have embraced us,''
''Your support of this event and the work of the Pat Farry
Trust will ultimately contribute to the quality of rural
health services in all regions of New Zealand.''
The trust alternates the annual fun run venues between in the
North and South Islands.