Make-A-Wish fun run draws crowd

The Make-A-Wish Fun Run/Walk Sunday was an “unbelievable day” according to president Rosa-Lee Pisani.

Mrs Pisani said the weather was perfect and the turnout was sensational.

The event raised over $5,000 for the Make-A Wish Port Pirie branch.

More people than ever beforetook part in the event.

Mrs Pisani said there was a real adrenaline rush amongst participants.

“For them to come out to support Make-A-Wish and see what we are about was heart warming,” she said.

The age of participants ranged from three years old to 73.

There were two starting lines, with the 11km distance starting from Napperby and the 5km distance beginning from the dirt circuit track.

Runners and walkers completed their journey at Sportscene.

“The amount of cars down Main Road was huge,” Mrs Pisani said.

“You just could not get a park. “There were many more spectators than other years.”

The first runner over the line was Evan Garnaut, who did the marathon from Clare to Port Pirie over three days, last year.

“It was just the most wonderful feeling to see him cross the line,” Mrs Pisani said.

“He beat his time from last year.”

The participants ranged from people just doing the event for fun, to serious runners.

Mrs Pisani said there were 250 people who took part in the Fun Run/Walk.

There was also a seven-year-old boy riding a bike.

The proceeds raised will go towards granting wishes for children with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy.

“We have three wishes on the books at the moment for the Pirie branch this year,” Mrs Pisani said.

“We are absolutely wrapped to know these kids will have their wishes come true this year.”

“It’s just beautiful.”

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