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Three children's charities get $50,000 donation from Auckland's Round the Bays

Spirit of Adventure Trust News - Three children's charities get $50,000 donation from Auckland's Round the Bays

Auckland's Round the Bays organisers have donated $50,000 to three charities with hopes that participants will raise $150,000 more.

The Spirit of Adventure Trust, New Zealand Riding for the Disabled's south Auckland branch (RDA) and Lifeline Aotearoa are three charities to have already benefited from the 2018 Round the Bays.

Now organisers are calling on participants to sign up to the event and raise a target of $150,000 to donate to other charities.

On March 4 participants will rn, walk or jog 8.4 kilometres from the city along the waterfront to St Heliers Bay for the annual Auckland Round the Bays.

Participants could register online to run for a charity and make their own page, make a one-off payment when completing their event entry or sponsor someone who will be taking part in Round the Bays, which is sponsored by Stuff.

This year the Spirit of Adventure Trust had already received $20,000 while RDA and Lifeline Aotearoa were given $15,000 each.

The Spirit of Adventure Trust offers 10-day youth development programmes, with more than 75,000 young people having taken part in its sea voyages.

The trust's marketing communications executive Talei Williams said it was thrilled with the donation.

"It's a real privilege to be one of the three charities selected," Williams said.

"Every dollar raised will go to helping youth get on board and have an adventure on the sea."

RDA fundraising coordinator Alison Daldy said it was pretty exciting for their little branch to be part of the event.

The branch planned on purchasing two new ponies and a year's supply of food after some of their ponies had retired or were about to do so, she said

Daldy has taken part in Round the Bays for the past 12 years and was looking forward to next year's event, she said.

"We're really grateful to have been chosen."

Lifeline Aotearoa fundraiser Debbie Greenfield said the charity was a "listening ear" for children as well as 80 to 90-year-olds.

Being involved in Round the Bays was an amazing opportunity, Greenfield said.

For 50 years, the charity had operated free community helplines for people dealing with mental health, relationship and work problems, identity and loneliness, she said.

"We have no government funding so it will be a boost to help us reach more people," Greenfield said.

Lifeline Aotearoa hoped to recruit and train more volunteers as well as build a relationship with the wider public, she said.

Teams wanting to fundraise for these charities and take part in an eight-week training challenge can contact roundthebays@fairfaxmedia.co.nz.

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