Opportunity to see minis on tour

Irene Benfell-Herron will drive her 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 in the Pork Pie Charity Run 2021, leaving from Paihia tomorrow.

THE Pork Pie Charity Run 2021 gets under way tomorrow, starting from Paihia, in the far north, travelling 2300km, to arrive in Invercargill on March 31.

Sixty Mini cars, classic and modern, will take part this year from Paihia to Taupo (26th), Taupo via Horopito to Wellington (27th), across on the ferry to Picton, same day on to Christchurch (28th), Christchurch via Arthurs Pass to Franz Joseph (29th), Franz Joseph to Queenstown (30th), and Queenstown via Te Anau to Invercargill (31st).

On March 31, the cars, drivers and passengers will arrive in Invercargill in the late afternoon to do a few laps of Tay St from the Eastern Cemetery to the roundabout of Tay and Dee Sts.

Te Anau has a representative entering; Irene Benfell-Herron will drive her 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 on its first Pork Pie Charity Run.

Mrs Benfell-Herron is the only Southlander taking part in the Pork Pie Charity Run 2021 with Julie and Josh Kelly, of Dunedin, as Team Kelly-Herron.

Follow the team on its official Facebook Page: Pork Pie Charity Run 2021 Team Kelly-Herron.

The 60 minis will be in Te Anau on Wednesday, March 31, and will be at Kiwi Country car park in Miro St from 11.30am-2pm.

The Pork Pie Charity Run is a biennial fundraising road trip for all Mini owners, based loosely on the route taken by the Blondini Gang in the original movie, Goodbye Pork Pie

The first run took place in 2009 with 36 teams making the trip from Kaitaia to Invercargill in five days. The subsequent five runs have seen participant numbers increase to a 60-car maximum with the run extended to six days on the road.

The run has raised funds for Starship Hospital, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and KidsCan. To date, across six previous events, more than $1 million has been raised.

“It’s all in the name of a good cause though are proud to be raising funds for KidsCan to help Kiwi kids in need reach their full potential.

“By donating to our team, you’ll help KidsCan provide food, clothing and basic health and hygiene items to Kiwi kids living in hardship through their awesome schools and early childhood centre-based programmes. These simple essentials can help change children’s lives for the better,” she said.

  • To donate online, go to http:/bit.ly/2SwMi9D or go to website www.kidscan.org.nz/porkpie2021