Calling all men and women: Put on a red dress for charity

FANCY LEGS: The Northern Rivers Hash House Harriers will do the Red Dress Run as part of their annual fundrasing effort for a good cause.
FANCY LEGS: The Northern Rivers Hash House Harriers will do the Red Dress Run as part of their annual fundrasing effort for a good cause. Marc Stapelberg

IT DOESN'T matter if you're a man or woman, put on a red dress next Monday and join the Hash House Harriers in raising money for disability organisation RED Inc.

Hash House Harriers is an international group of jogging social clubs and the Red Dress Run is one of their major annual events.

The Northern Rivers club hosted their first run last year and raised $2000 for Southern Cross LADS.

Proceeds to charity

The local club's grand master, Rick Molley, said all profits made on Monday would go towards RED Inc.

"RED Inc is an excellent organisation," he said.

"They really are very positive, very vibrant.

"(The run) starts at RED Inc at 6pm, all in our red dresses, and we'll go with a small running group and they'll run around the centre of Lismore, and the rest of us will walk."

Member, or "hasher", Patrick Fitz-Bugden joined the Northern Rivers group seven years ago.

He said it was initially his love for running that got him involved, but he quickly came to know the hashers as his family.

"It seemed like a good idea ... and as soon as I joined I realised I'd found my second family," he said.

"It's not competitive and it's just a lot of fun."

Nicknames for members

Each hasher is given a nickname when they join.

"They relate to some part of our lives," Mr Molley said.

"Patrick is Bituman ... he never stops talking and he was talking so intensely once that he actually tripped and fell on the bitumen.

"People used to say to me, 'how are you going?', I'd say I'm plugging away, so I got the name Plugger."

He said the Northern Rivers hashers, who meet every Monday, always welcome new members.

Further details

For more information about the Red Dress Run or about joining the Hash House Harriers, contact Mr Molley on 0409 768 015.

The Red Dress Run begins at RED Inc, 87 Magellan St, Lismore at 6pm.

It costs $5 to run, $5 for food and there will be a raffle to raise a bit of extra money for RED Inc.

"The response from local businesses has been excellent," Mr Molley said.

"Everyone has been really supportive."

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