Hashers always ‘reddy' to help
THERE'S only one rule, everyone has a nickname, there's plenty of tradition and it's loads of fun for a good cause.
The Cutlery Hash House Harriers frocked up and took to the streets of Yeppoon in aid of a worthy cause on Saturday.
This year, the annual red dress fun run (or walk) was dedicated to raising funds for the Wahroonga Prevention of Youth Suicide Group.
Stopping into local pubs for beers along the way, a red team of 24 Hash House characters from Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Gladstone got into the spirit as they trekked from the railway station through to the main street of Yeppoon.
Everyone and everything was given a nickname including the beer, known as “amber carrot”.
The grand master of the crew, Mark Hudson, or “Pull-out”, who used to work in the railway industry, said they raised just over $1500 for their chosen charity.
“The event originally started in south-east Asia, and in Yeppoon we have 25 members. In the 10 years the club has been running in Yeppoon we've raised close to $15,000 for different local charities,” Mr Hudson said.
The group of red Hash House Harriers certainly drew some attention, with crowds lining the streets to support the red team, and local businesses digging deep.
“The Strand Hotel made the biggest donation of $100,” Mr Hudson said.
Ken Elcock, the man behind the group in Yeppoon, said the event had only one rule: dress in red.
“It's all built on tradition and it's loads of fun for a good cause,” Mr Elcock said.
The Hash House Harriers is an international group of non-competitive running, social and drinking clubs.
An event organised by a club is known as a Hash or Hash Run, with participants calling themselves Hashers.
Hashing originated in Kuala Lumpur in 1938, where four officers – armed forces expats – set up a group patterned after the traditional British Paper Chase or “Hare and Hounds”, to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend.
It all stopped for World War II before spreading throughout other countries by mainly government department staff, with early Australian chapters in Hobart, Perth and Darwin.
HASH HOUSE HARRIERS
An international group of non-competitive running, social and drinking clubs, originating in 1938.
The Yeppoon club started the red run 10 years ago, raising almost $15,000 for local charities.
The only rule is to dress in red; everyone has a nickname and there's plenty of tradition.
To join a local Hash House Harriers club, phone 49383806.