As a sign of the Forster Tuncurry Salvation Army’s commitment to supporting healthy living and community events they recently donated a Nikon Camera to Forster parkrun.
Each week a volunteer takes photos of the event which are loaded onto Facebook as a way of encouraging the participants each week.
Forster parkrun director Mary Yule said: “It is great to have the support of local businesses and organisations and with the donation of the camera it now means that volunteers no longer need to use their personal equipment, rather we have the equipment which allows anyone to volunteer in the photographer role”.
Every Saturday, people of all ages and abilities gather at Pebbly Beach in Forster to take part in Forster’s Parkrun, which is a 5km timed walk or run.
Since the launch of Forster parkrun, The Salvation Army has participated with a group called the Salvos Striders.
Lieutenant Philip and Donna Sutcliffe, who are the local ministers for The Salvation Army, have been participating along with a number of others from the Salvos.
“It’s a hive of activity with lots of smiles and laughter,” said lieutenant Philip Sutcliffe of Forster Tuncurry Salvation Army.
“Parkrun is not just for runners, rather it is for everyone and encourages fitness and exercise and is truly a social event.
“It is great to be able to participate in an event like this, and to be able to represent the Salvos in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
“We see that physical health is an important element of the work we do each and every day in helping people within our community.”
Since launching the local event in November 2016, Forster’s parkrun has seen on average 100 participants each week, with participants from from seven to 80 years old.
“We truly have one of the most spectacular courses in Australia, running along the Forster coastline is amazing, and it’s a great way to start a Saturday Morning,” said Mary.
Parkrun is completely free and is run by volunteers.
You can join parkun by registering at parkrun.com.au/forster or find out more info by visiting the parkrun facebook page at facebook.com.au/Forsterparkrun