Teach­ers plan tower run to raise leukaemia funds

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

A de­sire to help raise funds for Leukaemia NZ has led five Mata­mata Pri­mary teach­ers to sign up for the Cor­po­rate Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge.

Two of the teach­ers, Han­nah Bate­man and Shanekea But­ler are on the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee for Kate Diprose, a lo­cal seven year old who has had a re­lapse of acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia. The teach­ers were also inspired to sign up for the event by other fam­i­lies in the school com­mu­nity af­fected by can­cer.

The group, which also in­cludes Gil­lian Hamp­ton, Femke Piper and Mary Muckle, all said Han­nah was the driver be­hind them get­ting in­volved in the run­ning chal­lenge.

They are pre­par­ing for the Au­gust 14 event by train­ing at the gym in­di­vid­u­ally, fo­cus­ing on leg strength and stamina, as they need to be able to run 5 kilo­me­tres.

They will run up 51 flights of stairs, or 1103 in­di­vid­ual steps in the Sky Tower.

‘‘You can’t hop in the lift half­way though,’’ Bate­man said.

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prac­tis­ing run­ning up stairs around the area. The group will even­tu­ally train to­gether. They say Gil­lian Hamp­ton, who runs with the lo­cal Har­ri­ers club, is the fittest of the group.

They need to raise $5000 for the can­cer group and run the risk of be­ing dis­al­lowed from the event if they do not reach their goal be­fore the event.

They would also re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate a lo­cal busi­ness spon­sor­ing their T-shirts.

They say their prin­ci­pal Carolyn Os­borne has been very sup­port­ive of the group, as they have signed up as the Mata­mata Pri­mary team.

The school also ran a dres­sup day which raised $629.30 for the Diprose fam­ily.

The Cor­po­rate Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge will be held for the fourth time on Au­gust 14. The ‘ver­ti­cal marathon’ will see 80 five-per­son cor­po­rate teams race up Auck­land’s Sky Tower.

Last year’s event raised over $251,000 for Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

To do­nate to, or spon­sor, the lo­cal teach­ers, go to my.leukaemia.net.nz/MATAMATAPRIMARYSCHOOL or con­tact Bate­man through Mata­mata Pri­mary School on 888 8566.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Five Mata­mata teach­ers, from top to bot­tom Shanekea But­ler, Gil­lian Hamp­ton, Femke Piper, Han­nah Bate­man and Mary Muckle, need to raise $5000 for Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand so they will be al­lowed to com­pete in the Au­gust 14 Cor­po­rate Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge. They are climb­ing a lot of stairs to train for it.

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