Father and daughter, Greg and Irene Anderson make up ‘Team Snowfed’ signing themselves up to do the biennial Pork Pie run this year, having already participated in the 2013 and 2015 events.
It’s a bit different this year though, said Greg, “we usually send the car up to Auckland by train and fly up, driving the route back down. With no train running we are going to have to drive there and back in our wee, 1980s, yellow mini.”
Registrations sold out within 4 hours with the fleet numbers limited at 60, there were 30 more wanting to join. The run starts in Kaitaia on Friday 14th April and covers over 2,500kms to Invercargill, driving the route of the classic Kiwi movie ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’. They should all, hopefully, arrive in Invercargill on April 19th and complete the road trip with a celebration Dinner and prize giving.
According to www.porkpie.co.nz – ‘You will encounter some of New Zealand’s biggest pot holes, wettest valleys, climb through cold mountain passes, cruise long South Island straights, pass through our biggest cities and friendliest rural towns. All the while, mesmerised by this country’s unique and ever-changing scenery from the front seat of a Mini. After 6 days and 7 nights on the road only the best prepared, the fittest, the strongest, the desperate, cunning and the most courageous, will arrive in Invercargill.’
“The camaraderie on this trip is amazing,” said Greg, “after breaking our windscreen (the old type that shatters into a thousand pieces), in National Park in the middle of the North Island on Easter Saturday, we were wondering what we were going to do. While removing the old windscreen, a Mini van stops – Don’t worry are the first words… We have one in the back! Go to the National Park garage and we will replace it. On arrival at the National Park garage everyone pitched in and it was changed in less than half an hour.
Everyone is out to help everyone else in the quest to raise as much money as possible to help disadvantaged NZ Kids. A truly amazing group of people.”
In the lead-up to the event, the MINI teams will be raising money for KidsCan supporting Kiwi kids going without the basics. The last run, in 2015, raised over $150,000 for the charity.
As part of their fundraising efforts, Irene and Greg are hosting a special screening of the new movie Pork Pie, on Tuesday 14th February at Cinema Paradiso, with all proceeds going to KidsCan.
What a great way to spend Valentines night – date night at the movies whilst helping Kiwi kids. To book your seats please contact Greg on 027 432 4888 or Irene on 027 264 6484.
If you can’t make it on Tuesday but would like to contribute, please visit https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/porkpieteamsnowfed