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Participants Gear Up For ‘Barrow’ Race

The anticipation about the Amazing Wheelbarrow Race was evident during its launch by the Frank Hilton Organisation on Friday. The race is a charitable event in which participants are required
25 Jun 2018 11:00
Participants Gear Up For ‘Barrow’ Race
Frank Hilton family support officer Loretta David (left), and Dr Maria Elena select the teams on June 22, 2018 for the Frank Hilton Amazing Wheelbarrow Race. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The anticipation about the Amazing Wheelbarrow Race was evident during its launch by the Frank Hilton Organisation on Friday.

The race is a charitable event in which participants are required to raise a minimum of $5000 to secure entry.

Seventeen teams have already reg­istered in for this year’s race and or­ganisers expect three more to make the 20-team competition.

Event chief executive officer Sureni Perera said this was the third year the race was held.

“It has created a lot of hype as well. It’s a different type of fund­raiser,” she said.

“As much as people are contribut­ing towards the good cause, we also want them to get something out of it.

“You don’t have to personally pro­vide the $5000 entry fee. It’s a team-building process where partici­pants can fundraise for the entry fee.”

Apart from raising awareness the races is to raise funds as well. Or­ganisers expect to raise $150,000.

Most participants are from the Suva region, however anyone from outside the capital city welcome to take part.

There will be 10 different catego­ries of prizes awarded to successful teams. This has generated a lot of excitement among participants.

The defending champion, Alfie Aisea urged those still wondering about the event to support and turn up on the day because the race was organised for children who were the real winners.

The race, which starts at 7am on the July 28, 2018, will be staged around Albert Park.

Edited by Percy Kean

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