Nosy news hounds face up for race

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Matt Bowen

Sick chil­dren would never look to jour­nal­ists Han­nah Nor­ton and Ni­cola Wil­liams for a cure.

So the en­er­getic pair are rais­ing money to help them in­stead.

The Fair­fax Me­dia team hit the road to­day in the $10 Queen­stown char­ity event for Cure Kids.

And for the next three days they’ll thumb their way to the cen­tral Otago tourist mecca and com­plete a num­ber of chal­lenges en route.

But the weeks lead­ing up to the de­par­ture date rais­ing funds have been “char­ac­ter build­ing” and at times “de­flat­ing”.

A nose paint­ing and auc­tion event at Botany Junc­tion’s Cel­sius Bar was a good ex­am­ple.

But the lack of pun­ters will­ing to dip their beaks in pot­tles of paint only pushed them to new artis­tic heights.

“Han­nah got right into it,” Ni­cola says.

“She was def­i­nitely com­mit­ted to the cause judg­ing by the amount of paint she had all over her­self.

“There was prob­a­bly more paint on the rest of her body than her nose. I was try­ing to tackle it del­i­cately but Han­nah plunged right in there,” she says.

“I think that kept the crowd en­ter­tained.”

The sur­pris­ingly at­trac­tive can­vases were sold on TradeMe and all pro­ceeds go to Cure Kids.

Up for it: Han­nah Nor­ton walks the fundrais­ing talk with gusto.

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