Team Yip Johnsonville 5-km walk and run proceeds go to Christchurch

Team Yip Johnsonville 5-km walk and run  proceeds go to Christchurch

The Johnsonville 5-km walk or run raised money for Raroa Intermediate and schools in Christchurch.

Half  the proceeds of the Team Yip Johnsonville 5-km walk and run went to Christchurch schools.

The event on Sunday was to be a fundraiser for Raroa Normal Intermediate. However, the school decided to donate half the money to those affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks and invited members from their local mosque to speak.

“Our commitment was to give 50% of registration fees to Christchurch schools. This will be somewhere around $1500-2000 after the final reconciliation,” said principal Christine Brown.

The rest balance will go towards Raroa’s 30 x 18-metre canopy and sports floor over its current courtyard area.

Ahmad Fachry Agam, a young man from the local mosque who spoke to the crowd, said he was grateful for the compassion of others.

Ahmad Fachry Agam spoke to the crowd at the Team Yip Johnsonville 5-km run/walk, thanking them for their compassion.

“Your kind letters and your flowers and your beautiful acts of solidarity and care. We are so grateful because it demonstrates that in spite of these inhumane acts that threaten to tear us apart, we instead come together.

“And for all of you that are walking here today, you have our gratitude.”

Homing doves were also released to symbolise the victims of the shooting in Christchurch.

“The release of the 50 white birds… was quite a special moment.” said Lions president Ross Brown and the principal in a joint statement.

Assistant principal Matt Tilley said it was a day to support “our awesome school” but also a day of remembrance and unity.

Parent and event organiser Ian Rogers was really happy that everyone was in a good frame of mind. “It’s been a difficult week for everyone.

“It’s the second time we’ve had this event. I’m pretty happy with the turnout and the atmosphere.”

The first person to finish was Flynn McCarron, 13, in 27m 6s.

Flynn Garbutt on the left, 14, from Wellington College came third in the race behind  winner Flynn McCarron, 13, from St. Patricks College.

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