Nor West News : March 22nd 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, March 22, 2012 Does your business have a website? slide show map profile contact details www.roomoutsidelandscapes.co.nz Phone 09 412 8589 We can help you design a webpage. To find out HOW contact us NOW. If not you are missing out on Potential Customers of customers research online before making a purchase* *Source MYOB Study 2010-2011 66% Good fun on the run CLICK FOR PHOTOS Go to today's online version of this newspaper and click here to see more photos from Ports of Auckland Round the Bays. Simply go to nor-westnews.co.nz and click on latest edition. Subscriptions to our digital editions are free and take just a few seconds to complete. Team effort: Jo Norris from Riverhead and Te Atatu resident Debbie Keymer-Dixon have taken part in Round the Bays together for 20 years. Photo: KELSEY FLETCHER Race starter: Sahara Adams with Fairfax Media CEO Allen Williams, left, and Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson. Photo: MICHAEL BRADLEY WHAT a great way to spend a Sunday. Jo Norris from Riverhead and Te Atatu resident Debbie Keymer- Dixon have been running the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays for two decades. This year they joined more than 70,000 people in the picturesque 8.4km jog from Quay St to St Heliers Bay. The annual event is partly sponsored by Fairfax Media, pub- lisher of Suburban Newspapers and the Nor-west News. Around 42,000 people registered for the run and proceeds from their fees will go to charities including the Child Cancer Foundation, Gar- den to Table Trust, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fairfax First Books and Kidz First Children's Hospital. Fairfax Media chief executive Allen Williams says the day is a testament to the generosity and goodwill of Aucklanders. This iconic fun run, now in its 40th anniversary year, thrives on the fantastic support of everyone who takes part. It then transforms that support into significant chari- table donations that benefit worthy causes each year.'' The official race starter was 13-year-old leukaemia patient Sahara Adams who was called in after Prime Minister John Key stood down to attend the Wellington funeral of former All Black Jock Hobbs. It's been a big few days for the teenager who met her idol, visiting American pop star Taylor Swift, a week earlier in Melbourne thanks to Make-A-Wish New Zealand -- one of the day's benefiting charities that sets out to fulfil the dreams of child- ren with life-threatening illnesses. It is through the generosity of events like this that more than 200 wishes will be granted this year to special people just like Sahara,'' Mr Williams says. First to cross the finish line in 28min 4sec was Jono Jackson from Auckland City Athletics Club. Sec- ond was Tony Payne who completed the distance in 28min 16sec. The first woman across the finish line, Lisa Robertson, was nearly five minutes ahead of her closest rival, clocking in at 29min 19sec, followed by Nikki Hill at 34min 14sec. Fairfax Media group sales and marketing manager Sandra King says more than 80 per cent of entrants were part of a team, mak- ing Ports of Auckland Round the Bays a big day out for many busi- nesses. Included were more than 270 Fairfax joggers. Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson is thrilled with the day's success. We were delighted to help bring this iconic event to everyone as sponsors for the third year. The weather was great, turnout huge and enthusiasm infectious -- what a fantastic day to celebrate Auck- land,'' he says. Reporter Lisa Honeybone put herself through a challenging training schedule during the leadup to Ports of Auckland Round the Bays and shared her experiences online with Nor-west News readers. Check out her final blog today at nor- westnews.co.nz.
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