Mums race to help Cure Kids
Two long-time friends will race to Queenstown on a shoestring to help sick children.
Sandringham resident Bridgit Williams and Leah Fanstone, from Howick, are competing in the Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge that starts on October 1.
Participants race from Auckland to Queenstown with only $10 in their pocket and compete in challenges along the way.
Mrs Fanstone says friends have lost children to cancer, so it’s a cause close to their hearts.
“It was a no-brainer – anything we can do to help,” she says.
The target of raising $7000 in the three months leading up to the race is “daunting”, she says.
But the pair are well on their way, raising $5300 to date.
“Not a lot of people have spare cash at the moment, but because of who it is for we are pretty determined.”
Dubbed the Mums Team, the pair both have two children, and have been friends for 28 years.
They plan to share tactics and pick up tips from friends who were second in last year’s race.
Both are fit and sporty so they don’t anticipate any problems with the physical demands.
They are also not worried about the prospect of hitchhiking because the race is safety conscious and they must text in registration numbers of vehicles that pick them up.
The rules stipulate they are not allowed to arrange any lifts or get into vehicles after 7pm.
Accommodation, breakfast and dinner are provided and the rest is up to them as they race against 35 teams with just $10 to spend.
A fundraising auction and raffle will be held on Saturday at the Orams Marine Lounge at Westhaven.
Suzy Clarkson will host the evening, and a top auctioneer will lead the live auction.
The event starts at 7.30pm with a light supper and cash bar. The auction begins from 9pm.
Tickets are $20 on the door, or for bookings email email@example.com.
Any money donated will go directly to Cure Kids, which supports research for children with life threatening illnesses.
To donate visit the website fundraiseonline.co.nz/ bridgitandleah.
Teammates: Bridgit Williams, left, and Leah Fanstone will race to Queenstown for Cure Kids.