Intrepid journos up for a $10 challenge
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 email@example.com.
Or support them by making a donation at www.fund raiseonline.co.nz/ NicAnd Hannah.
Disarming: Reporters Hannah Norton, left, and Nicola Williams will soon be thumbing their way south to cure kids.