Martin’s marathon starts with din­ner

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Martin Blox­ham’s first fundraiser is un­der way, the first step in his goal to­wards rais­ing $1 mil­lion for the Spinal Cord So­ci­ety for the cure of paral­y­sis and Type 1 Di­a­betes.

For Mr Blox­ham, of Pu­taruru, rais­ing aware­ness and money for the cause is a pas­sion from the heart.

He lost his par­ents to prob­lems re­lated to di­a­betes and he has two close friends who are paral­ysed.

Mr Blox­ham’s main chal­lenge is to walk/run/bike/mo­tor­bike/fly and even ride a horse from Bluff to Cape Reinga start­ing on March 6, next year.

He said his marathon fundraiser will take about two months.

Mr Blox­ham will de­tour to other towns as well, cov­er­ing most of the coun­try.

He has never been to the South Is­land, and is look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence, but the ben­e­fits of the money he raises for paral­y­sis and Type 1 di­a­betes will be greater.

Mr Blox­ham’s first fundraiser is be­ing planned now and will be a gala din­ner at the Pu­taruru Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 4.

Any­one who wants to come and wish Mr Blox­ham well with his cam­paign is wel­come to this din­ner.

The din­ner will be cooked by mas­ter chef Cameron Pet­ley, who will demon­strate his cre­ative culi­nary skills and be­lieves in ‘‘keep­ing your palate keen and your din­ner plate clean!’’

Dur­ing the evening there will be a silent and live auc­tion hosted by Dar­ryl An­der­son from Track­side.

The auc­tion items in­clude a din­ner for four de­signed and cooked by Cameron at the Mas­ter’s Ta­ble res­tau­rant.

There is also a week­end get­away for four in a two-bed­room town­house at Wyn­d­ham Marama Re­sort on the shores of Lake Ro­torua.

Tick­ets are $ 100 each. To book call Mr Blox­ham on 027 582 7760 or 07 888 1728. The clos­ing date for book­ings is Oc­to­ber 1.

Do­na­tions can also be made at any West­pac branch. En­ter the code 001. Or do­nate on­line at sc­snz. org. nz and type in 001 af­ter your name.

For on­line bank­ing the num­ber is 03 0363 0273614 001.

BIG HEART: Pu­taruru’s Martin Blox­ham is host­ing a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed to kick off his marathon fundrais­ing ef­fort.

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