Mums race to help Cure Kids

Central Leader - - News - By Ni­cola Wil­liams

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 leah.fan­stone@gmail.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.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Team­mates: Bridgit Wil­liams, left, and Leah Fan­stone will race to Queen­stown for Cure Kids.

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