‘Exhausting in a fantastic way’
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.’’
Central Otago’s Cherry Fairies Mel Kees and Shelley Cornish finished the $10 Curekids Challenge.