Climb­ing for a good cause


Dozens of peo­ple are set to power up Nga¯ru­awa¯hia’s Ha¯kari­mata Sum­mit over 24 hours to sup­port a cancer char­ity.

Hamil­ton po­di­a­trist An­drew Jones is part of a team run­ning the event off their own bat to fundraise for the Hamil­ton Cancer So­ci­ety’s Lions Lodge.

It was in­spired by fel­low gym mem­ber and friend Gene Lent­fer who was di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer about three months ago, Jones said.

A former school friend was also di­ag­nosed with breast cancer and stayed at the lodge dur­ing treat­ment, he said.

‘‘I went and saw her up at the lodge and saw how cool it was,’’ he said.

It will be kicked off at 6pm on Oc­to­ber 13 with a karakia and the first set of peo­ple to ven­ture up will be those af­fected by cancer.

‘‘We’ve got a cou­ple of cancer suf­fer­ers and sur­vivors start­ing and fin­ish­ing it.’’

The chal­lenge is to reach the top of the 1349 steps, take a selfie and head back down with the proof which will be added to the sum­mit tally.

The idea to use the sum­mit was in­spired by some­one who re­cently took on the chal­lenge to climb the stairs for 24 hours solo.

But Jones thought it would be fun to make it a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort.

‘‘I like the idea of putting the fun in fundraiser,’’ he said.

On the Friday night there is the op­tion to dress up as well.

He’s al­ready re­ceived plenty of in­ter­est with 50 peo­ple signed up in­clud­ing a mum and her three chil­dren who are set to take on the stairs at 4am.

Jones is hop­ing to en­sure each hour will have at least one per­son go­ing up.

The event is open to any­one and regis­tra­tions can be done at the Ac­tive Dis­cov­er­ers car park.

Con­tri­bu­tion will be a koha and a sausage siz­zle is ex­pected to be crank­ing through most of the event and spot prizes will be up for grabs.

Lent­fer will also be there with a mas­sage ta­ble.


An­drew Jones is hop­ing the Ha¯kari­mata fundraiser will draw in enough peo­ple to bring the sum­mit tally to 25.

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