Small sac­ri­fice for sick kids

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

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.’’

The ‘‘Cherry

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.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion, email: shel­leyp88@hot­mail.com

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Cromwell mums Shel­ley Cor­nish, left, and Mel Kees are com­pet­ing in the Cure Kids $10 Queen­stown Chal­lenge.

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