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Fishy fundraiser . . . Children track their fish in the eighth annual Glenavy Salmon Run fundraiser. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN

Glenavy’s fundraising spirit shone last weekend.

The eighth annual Glenavy Salmon Run was held on Saturday morning, raising about $1500 for new playground equipment in the South Canterbury township.

More than 850 plastic “salmon” were released into the Waikakahi Stream from the Te Maiharoa Rd bridge.

Each fish was numbered with a corresponding ticket sold as a fundraiser, and there was a prize of $300 for the person whose fish crossed the finish line first, and $200 for second place.

There were also several spot prizes, donated by local businesses.

Glenavy Salmon Run organiser Chris Paul (centre) and local children wait for the first fish to cross the finish line. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN

Organiser Chris Paul said this year’s event “went off extremely well”.

“It’s a good family morning.

“We had good weather, too, which helps.”

This year, the Glenavy Domain was used as the event’s base, with bouncy castles, a fundraising sausage sizzle for Glenavy School and a women’s institute cake stall.

The Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade helped out as “follow-up Charlies”, making sure all the plastic fish were removed from the stream.

“They do a great job,” he said.

The salmon run was Mr Paul’s brainchild.

He got the idea from a similar event in Wanaka, which used plastic ducks, and thought it would be a good way to raise funds for the community.

In previous years, the money raised had gone to a defibrillator for the Glenavy fire brigade, restoring the old Glenavy jail site, and restoring salmon trophies damaged in the Glenavy Hotel fire in 2016.