In­trepid journos up for a $10 chal­lenge

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Matt Bowen

Stop­ping traf­fic shouldn’t be a prob­lem for Han­nah Nor­ton and Ni­cola Wil­liams when they at­tempt to hitch their way to cen­tral Otago for a good cause.

The Manukau and East­ern Courier jour­nal­ists are Fair­fax Me­dia’s pick for the $10 Queen­stown Chal­lenge char­ity event for Cure Kids.

Ms Wil­liams says their sense of fun and an “el­e­ment of crazi­ness” will make them hard to beat.

Han­nah says Nic’s charis­matic smile is mis­lead­ing.

“This girl is smart and she can come up with 101 ways to skin a cat in un­der three mil­lisec­onds, opt­ing not to ac­tu­ally skin the cat as she doesn’t be­lieve in cru­elty to an­i­mals. ”

And ac­cord­ing to Nic, Han­nah “has a huge amount of en­ergy that she man­ages to pack into a tiny frame – ideal for speedy travel be­cause she doesn’t weigh much or eat much.

“In fact if she re­moved her shoes she could prob­a­bly float to Queen­stown but that would be cheat­ing, some­thing which is to­tally against her val­ues.”

Do­ing their bit to sup­port re­search into chil­dren’s lifethreat­en­ing dis­eases is also im­por­tant for the pair.

“There are two main rea­sons I’m do­ing it,” Han­nah says. “Firstly to help save chil­dren with can­cer and se­condly, for the ex­pe­ri­ence of try­ing to get to Queen­stown on $10.”

Their mis­sion starts on Septem­ber 29 in Auck­land with just $10 in their pock­ets and a three-day trav­el­ling win­dow.

Nei­ther Han­nah nor Ni­cola has much ex­pe­ri­ence thumb­ing for rides and there are thor­ough safety pre­cau­tions in place. But per­haps it’s mo­torists who need their wits about them as the an­gelic duo per­fect their dis­arm­ing smiles on the road­side.

In or­der to meet their goal of rais­ing $5000 they’re hold­ing a fundraiser at Cel­sius Bar in Botany Junc­tion next Thurs­day.

Celebrity guests will be on hand to make nose paint­ings and the winning work will be auc­tioned on TradeMe.

They would also ap­pre­ci­ate any busi­ness do­na­tions to auc­tion off on the night – call 021-0244-1382 or email ni­cola.wil­liams@snl.co.nz.

Or sup­port them by mak­ing a do­na­tion at www.fund raiseon­line.co.nz/ NicAnd Han­nah.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Dis­arm­ing: Re­porters Han­nah Nor­ton, left, and Ni­cola Wil­liams will soon be thumb­ing their way south to cure kids.

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