‘Ex­haust­ing in a fan­tas­tic way’

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago’s only en­try into the Cure Kids $10 Queen­stown Chal­lenge, The Cherry Fairies, made it back into their home ter­ri­tory on Satur­day.

Cromwell friends Mel Kees and Shel­ley Cor­nish crossed the line at Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery in 12th place on the points table.

Kees said there were 25 teams in to­tal com­pet­ing from all over New Zealand and they were the third team to the fin­ish line.

The chal­lenge started in Auck­land on Wed­nes­day and teams had three days to get back to Queen­stown.

‘‘It was ex­haust­ing but in a fan­tas­tic way. We met so many amaz­ing and kind-hearted peo­ple along the way. And meet­ing the Cure Kids am­bas­sadors and their fam­i­lies and hear­ing their sto­ries put it all into per­spec­tive.

‘‘While try­ing to hitch rides to our next des­ti­na­tion we also had photo chal­lenges to com­plete, as well as de­sign­ing a wine la­bel, writ­ing a lim­er­ick and writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing a chil­dren’s book. In the South Is­land we had climb- ing wall chal­lenges, St Johns and Fire Brigade chal­lenges, scav­enger hunts, and wine and cheese match­ing.’’

All the teams were taken by K-Jet into Queen­stown bay to the fin­ish where friends, fam­ily and sup­port­ers were wait­ing.

A to­tal of $277,126.47 was raised - a record amount. The Cherry Fairies raised $10,622.18.

‘‘We are ab­so­lutely stoked with the to­tal amount we raised and we couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and our main spon­sors.’’

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Cen­tral Otago’s Cherry Fairies Mel Kees and Shel­ley Cor­nish fin­ished the $10 Curekids Chal­lenge.

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