Dougal Allan cheered on locals taking part in Wanaka parkrun as he supported Volunteering Central’s National Volunteer Week campaign by volunteering on Saturday, June 16.
“Dougal’s involvement with Wanaka Parkrun is a fantastic connection to have made as part of our campaign,” Volunteering Central’s Gillian White said.
Wanaka parkrun - a free, weekly, 5km timed run - started in February this year. One of the event’s organisers, Jane Sharman, said it is open to everyone, is safe and easy to take part in.
“It’s awesome to have a high profile athlete like Dougal promoting parkrun because it shows that it is open to all ages and abilities, children, adults and beginners, right through to performance athletes – everyone is welcome. People can feel comfortable whatever stage they are at,” Jane said.
Dougal (pictured with his daughter) didn’t hesitate to get involved and show his support, saying his whole approach to life revolved around physical activity, health and longevity, not just because of the physical and mental benefits, but also due to the people you meet and the social circles it opens up.
“Without volunteers, I couldn’t do what I do. Many events simply wouldn’t happen without volunteers. Organisations like Volunteering Central that supports and strengthens volunteering are crucial as are people like Jane and Adam who drive a great volunteer experience at parkrun,” Dougal said.
Photo: Wendy Bowie Photography
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