Thumbs out for Cure Kids

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

There was no time for think­ing when Jared Kennedy and Kyle Pourau de­cided to walk the length of New Zealand.

The Toko­roa duo have made it their mis­sion to raise $7000 for the Cure Kids hitch-hik­ing chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge is to travel from Auck­land to Queen­stown with only $10 in their pock­ets.

Dur­ing the event, racers also wear a cos­tume.

And this year the pair will traipse down the coun­try dressed as mup­pets.

Kennedy said not only does it fit in with the child- driven fundraiser but it is also a way to be recog­nised.

‘‘ It’s real good for rais­ing aware­ness about the strug­gles chil­dren face, if you are dressed as gi­ant mup­pets people are ob­vi­ously go­ing to won­der what it is,’’ he said

It may sound dif­fi­cult on its own but Kennedy and Pourau also have a se­ries of tasks to com­plete on the way.

And they have no idea how stren­u­ous they might be.

All they are fo­cus­ing on is the next three months of raf­fles and pub quizzes.

‘‘We’ve got no idea, we were asked if we wanted to know but we will just fundraise first and ask ques­tions later,’’ Kennedy said.

It has been ‘‘crazy’’ over the past two months and they have al­ready raised $2000, he said.

‘‘We started up the page [on Face­book] and by that night I think that we raised like $1300.’’

They have set their sights on first place but noth­ing will com­pare to their con­tri­bu­tions to the chil­dren.

‘‘You can place but at the end of the day it’s about the chil­dren,’’ he said.

Kennedy who works with youth at Te Wananga had no hes­i­ta­tions when he was asked by Pourau.

‘‘I’ve al­ways just had a pas­sion for help­ing people,’’ he said.

And there is no one else he would rather do it with than his close friend.

‘‘He’s just a happy-go-lucky per­son,’’ he said.

Kennedy said Pourau is up for any­thing and there are not many things he has not done.

Thumbs up: Jared Kennedy, left, and Kyle Pourau are putting their thumbs out for the $7000 to­wards the hitch hik­ing Cure kids chal­lenge.

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