Defence teams put best foot forward for challenge
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.
WORKING OUT: From left, Sapper Tim Vlastuin from 3 Brigade headquarters, Katy Stock, the wife of a soldier, and Signaller Matthew Houlihan from 3CSR.