GALLERY | Harriers descend on Port Douglas in a sea of red


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RED SEA: Harriers from all over the world are here in Port Douglas. Images: Victoria Stone-Meadows.

Port Douglas was painted red today as almost 500 brightly dressed Hash House Harriers took to the streets to raise money for the Mossman Hospital.

The Red Dress Run is a permanent fixture in the calendar of Hash Clubs all over the world to raise money for local charities or organisations.

The Hash House Harriers is an international group of non-competitive running and walking social clubs that include traditions such as bawdy nicknames and tongue-in-cheek songs.

The 2019 National Hash meeting, or Nash Hash, is based in Port Douglas this year with events running all this week and into the weekend.

Nash Hash event organiser, Roslyn "Molè" Smith from a Cairns Hash Club, said the Red Dress Run raises thousands of dollars for the nominated charity.

“$10 from the registration fees of just under 500 people, automatically goes to the hospital,” she said.

“Also, Rattle and Hum and Paddy’s Bar have jumped on board and donated a few thousand dollars and we have some shaker collection tins from the hospital foundation we took up Macrossan Street to try and collect as much money as possible.

“We are hoping we will raise between six and eight thousand dollars for the hospital today.”

The money from the registration fees and the shaker tins wasn’t the only source of fundraising going on today.

“When we finish the run and go to Rex Smeal Park, we are paying the hospital foundation to provide food for us so they are also using that as a fundraiser,” Ms Molè said.

“They will net about two thousand out of that so hopefully there will be more than the six to eight thousand.”

Ms Molè said Hash Clubs are open to anyone that wants to get involved and encouraged everyone to check out their local club. 

“It’s non-competitive, non-ageist, non-sexist, non-racist, non-anything,” she said.

“It's just about getting people out running and walking as much as they can and as much as they want.”

Along with the Red Dress Run, the Nash Hash has found a number of other ways to raise money for the community here in the far north.

“Out big event is called the Ball-Breaker; it’s a 25 kilometre run/walk from Daintree to Miallo School and we are paying the school and the SES to put a barbecue on for us so, again, more fundraising.”

See the red dress gallery as the hashers met before the run:

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