De­fence teams put best foot for­ward for chal­lenge

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

TOWNSVILLE sol­diers and de­fence spouses will be put through their paces next week as they cy­cle, row and run for char­ity as part of Geckos’ first an­nual 24hour fundrais­ing chal­lenge.

The 3rd Brigade chal­lenge will run from 8am, Au­gust 6 to 8am, Au­gust 7 at the Geckos fam­ily cen­tre at Lavarack Bar­racks.

Teams will con­sist of 12 par­tic­i­pants, and com­pete con­cur­rently on three ex­er­cise sta­tions con­sist­ing of a row­ing ma­chine, spin bike and a run­ning route in the vicin­ity of Geckos.

The team with the best max­i­mum dis­tance clocked up af­ter 24 hours, wins.

There will be awards for in­di­vid­u­als and teams with the best fundrais­ing ef­fort.

Of­fi­cer in charge, Cap­tain Amanda Gibbs said so far 19 teams had reg­is­tered for the event, with an in­di­vid­ual rais­ing goal of $ 500.

“We’re re­ally hop­ing for this to be­come an an­nual event,” she said.

“We’ve adopted the chal­lenge from another unit which ran a 24- hour chal­lenge last year to raise funds for Legacy.

“All the money raised will go to­wards ma­jor projects and the gen­eral run­ning of the cen­tre (in­clud­ing) the com­ple­tion of a com­mu­nity gar­den.”

The com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to be hard fought with good- na­tured ri­valry be­tween teams.

There’s also ex­tra in­cen­tive for 3rd Brigade teams com­pet­ing as the Geck­oes 24- hour Chal­lenge is to be in­cluded in this years Com­man­der’s Tro­phy.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

WORK­ING OUT: From left, Sap­per Tim Vlas­tuin from 3 Brigade head­quar­ters, Katy Stock, the wife of a soldier, and Sig­naller Matthew Houli­han from 3CSR.

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