‘Bishops’ sprint to highlight local poverty


AUCKLAND — A group of bishops racing around the running track at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland would normally raise an eyebrow or two.

But on March 7 it was all for a good cause at the Baradene College athletics sports day.

The bishops, who were really staff and board members from the Catholic Caring Foundation in Auckland wearing costumes, took part in a “food relay” with teams of students and staff from the school.

The aim was to run a relay race passing a real food parcel, typical of that funded by the foundation, as a baton between team members.

CCF general manager Claire Wade said she had spoken at Baradene a week earlier and had explained what the food parcels are. The foundation funds many thousands of these each year, which are distributed by food banks. The idea of the race and presentation was to help students understand more about local poverty.

Baradene students were invited to make a gold coin donation at their sports day.

“We don’t expect schools to be the core of our fundraising, but they enjoy doing it,” Mrs Wade said.

For the record, the “bishops” finished well behind the younger athletes. Baradene’s Erskine house team won the race and were presented with medals by Mrs Wade.

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