Ready to run

WHILE she will not be seen among the front runners on the day, Latrobe City Mayor Sandy Kam will lead by example at the Traralgon Harriers – Latrobe City community Fun Run and walk on Sunday, 17 February.

Cr Kam will lace up the joggers and walk the event in support of the Latrobe City Trust, MSE Williams Youth Support Fund, and healthy lifestyles in the Latrobe Valley.

“Harriers are great with what they do; there’s a great social aspect to it, people love running together, they’re maintaining healthy lifestyles and encouraging people with their fun run and walk”, Cr Kam said.

“At the same time they’re helping some other members of the community by providing money to the fund.”

The event will raise money for the MSE Williams Youth Support Fund, a group that financially assists local youth kickstart their dreams.

“This particular fund is dedicated to the advancement of young people to pursue opportunities to further their skills and talents,” Latrobe City Trust chairperson Diane Wilkinson said.

“That’s about reaching their potential and getting a little bit of assistance to do that.”

Last year the fund, which covers a broad range of pursuits from education to the arts, helped develop a budding singing career and assisted a Sudanese refugee follow a trade career.

“Sometimes people need just a little help to get on the ladder then they’re on their way,” Ms Wilkinson said.

The five kilometre run and 1.5km children’s course will circle the Kernot Lake and Waterhole Creek areas in Morwell.

Cr Kam said the Harriers’ initiative tied in with Latrobe City’s vision for a healthier community.

“We’re part of the healthier communities (program) with the State Government and we all should try to be more active (and) eat a bit healthier because it all leads to a better lifestyle, so it’s really good to promote that,” she said.

“We’re not asking people to run marathons, you can literally stroll… it’s a nice way to spend half an hour to an hour.”

The mayor stated she planned to walk the course, but breaking into a jog was not out of the question.

“Anything is possible,” she said.

The events start and finish behind Kernot Hall, Morwell and costs $15 per individual and $40 per family.

To enter online visit the Traralgon Harriers website

Online entries close 5pm on Friday.

For more information phone Will Hanrahan on 5176 6654.