Gisborne flies colours for diversity

Close to 1000 join Colour Run on Sunday.

Close to 1000 join Colour Run on Sunday.

SMILES GALORE: Everyone had a ton of fun as they got fully immersed into the atmosphere and colour of yesterday's “Colour Run” around Gisborne’s walkways. Babies and toddlers in prams, grandparents, and all ages in between had a rainbow of coloured powder thrown at them from four points. A hose from the Gisborne Fire Service made sure that powder stuck and gave participants something cooling to run or walk through as well. Founder Arish Naresh hopes next year’s event will be even bigger and better. Pictures by Liam Clayton.
Colour Run -
Lachie Fergusson, Andrew Eastwood, George Glover, Kimorah Halley and Timba Wolf (dog) show the colours.

COLOUR ran through Gisborne on Sunday morning, as around 900 people came together for an entertaining event to raise awareness of a great cause: Opportunities Without Discrimination (OWDSOCKS).

People had fun, said founder and Gisborne Arish Naresh. The event raised $847 through koha, and 160 pairs of odd socks were sold.

OWDSOCKS has become a global movement over the last two years. It honours mismatched socks and carries the message, “it’s OK to be different”.

Mr Naresh is president of the Tairawhiti Multicultural Council (TMC).

“There were about 60 volunteers on the day from The Gisborne Harrier Club and the Multicultural Council. Because of them we were able to keep the event free.

“Next year we would like it bigger with more people and more colour stations along the run, so hopefully we can organise some more sponsorship."

Mr Naresh thanked Paul Naske, president of the Gisborne Harrier Club, for pulling everything together.

“Without him I would not have been able to do things from my side.”

The money will go towards Gizzy School lunches, who also have OWD socks for sale at their depot, and to produce more socks that don’t match to celebrate that being different doesn’t matter.

Mr Naresh started OWDSOCKS by accident, after taking his shoes off at a powhiri and realising he had one brown sock and one blue sock on. It’s caught on, because it’s OK to be different.

COLOUR ran through Gisborne on Sunday morning, as around 900 people came together for an entertaining event to raise awareness of a great cause: Opportunities Without Discrimination (OWDSOCKS).

People had fun, said founder and Gisborne Arish Naresh. The event raised $847 through koha, and 160 pairs of odd socks were sold.

OWDSOCKS has become a global movement over the last two years. It honours mismatched socks and carries the message, “it’s OK to be different”.

Mr Naresh is president of the Tairawhiti Multicultural Council (TMC).

“There were about 60 volunteers on the day from The Gisborne Harrier Club and the Multicultural Council. Because of them we were able to keep the event free.

“Next year we would like it bigger with more people and more colour stations along the run, so hopefully we can organise some more sponsorship."

Mr Naresh thanked Paul Naske, president of the Gisborne Harrier Club, for pulling everything together.

“Without him I would not have been able to do things from my side.”

The money will go towards Gizzy School lunches, who also have OWD socks for sale at their depot, and to produce more socks that don’t match to celebrate that being different doesn’t matter.

Mr Naresh started OWDSOCKS by accident, after taking his shoes off at a powhiri and realising he had one brown sock and one blue sock on. It’s caught on, because it’s OK to be different.

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