You’ll be seeing red this Saturday when a group of runners wearing dresses make their way through the City Heart to raise funds for charity.

Mackay Hash House Harriers will be holding their annual Red Dress Run, starting at the Palace Hotel at 12.30pm, March 11, to raise vital funds for the region’s rescue helicopter, RACQ CQ Rescue.

Mackay Hash House Harriers spokesman Gary Button said the Red Dress Run was an iconic part of the non-competitive running social club’s heritage and had occurred long before other organizations turned to running events as a way to raise money

“It’s great fun and a chance for both male and female hashers to adorn themselves in red dresses for a fun spectacle – and it’s an opportunity to raise funds for worthy deserving local charities like Mackay’s rescue helicopter,” he said.

Anyone interested in participating in the run is invited to meet at the Palace Hotel just after 12pm. Runners will be collecting coins in RACQ CQ Rescue moneyboxes as they make their way past the Buffalo Club, Langford’s Hotel, The Metropolitan  and onto Nebo Road.

The aim of the Hash House Harrier was to promote physical fitness among members, to acquire a good ‘thirst’ and to persuade the older member that they weren’t really as old as they feel, Mr Button said..

“Hashing is about having fun and involves good-natured bantering but the central thing is a good run or walk. If nothing else, it makes the beer taste much better afterwards.”

RACQ CQ Rescue Fundraising and Events Co-ordinator Courtney Hansen congratulated the Mackay Hash House Harriers for their commitment to supporting a life-saving organisation.

“The reality is we rely heavily on sponsorships and donations every year to be able to keep flying to the rescue so the community’s help is vital to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Ms Hansen said.