Small sacrifice for sick kids
Ten bucks, four days, several challenges and a lot of guts is what’s needed to get from one end of the country to the other ‘‘for the kids’’.
Cromwell mums Shelley Cornish, 33, and Mel Kees, 44, are participating in the Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge and are the only team south of Christchurch to do so this year.
In the challenge, participants try to get from Auckland to Queenstown on just $10.
‘‘Having kids makes you think if any of our kids got sick, you can’t even imagine what you would go through. [That’s] my motivation for doing it,’’ Kees said.
‘‘We’re having three days away from our family, but you think of all those sick kids that are in hospital for weeks and months.’’
Cornish said: ‘‘When you become a mum and you have two healthy kids, you are extremely grateful. When you hear about other kids [who are sick] ... it’s like wow.’’
The pair need to raise $10,000 to get to the start line in Auckland on March 29 and then make it to Queenstown by April 2.
Along the way they will sleep in organised accommodation and have to complete several challenges.
It is a far cry from when the event started in 1993 and participants slept under park benches, Cornish said, and much safer too.
The route is kept top secret, with travel between destinations largely reliant on the kindness of strangers. The pair feel there could be significant changes to this year’s route, after some major roads were damaged during last year’s Kaikoura earthquake.
Points will be awarded based on each team’s performance in the challenges, with first place awarded to the team with the most points.
‘‘It’s a hoot.’’
Fairies’’ are hoping for heaps of support for their last fundraising event, a Family Fun Car Rally this weekend.
They hope to raise the final $3000 needed.
‘‘If you don’t hit $10,000, you don’t make the start line,’’ Cornish said.
‘‘We really want to get to the start line,’’ Kees said. ‘‘If 100 people go without two coffees for a week, that’s $1000.’’
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Cromwell mums Shelley Cornish, left, and Mel Kees are competing in the Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge.