Not long to go!
Kia Ora friends,
As we commence this lockdown for the next several weeks, I’m planning my next big adventure, and I need your help….
With events being cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future, not only are we missing our incentives to train and goals to work towards, but charities are missing out on fundraising at a time when they need it most.
Up and down the country, families are having to cope with isolation, stress and anxiety due to losses of jobs, income, having to home school and adjust to a new normal. And the economic impacts of this crisis are going to last far longer than the residues of virus.
I’m no expert, but it’s inevitable that this is going to cause a spike in mental health problems for our communities. And I want to help.
So I’m setting up my own fundraising event.
I’m calling it the Door2Door Ultra. It’ll be a run of around 85k (about 2 marathon distances) from my home in Karori to our family bach in Te Horo Beach. The route will follow the Skyline trail to Mt Kaukau, then follow the Te Araroa trail up through Porirua to Pukerua Bay, along the Escarpment Track to Paekakariki, then following the Expressway bike trail to Waikanae before a final beach leg to the finish.
It’s going to be a solo off-road run on quiet trails and backroads, but given the current lockdown and with health and safety absolutely paramount, I won't be doing the run until after the lockdown and when it's completely safe and responsible to do so. This will likely be when we're back to Level 2 or below but I will seek further guidance on that before committing to a date.
So then why am I setting this up now? Well, several reasons:
1) It’ll give me a goal to plan towards and a light at the end of this tunnel of claustrophobia
2) It’ll also give my kids something to look forward to (they’ve already talked about running sections with me and making a home-made medal, bless them)
3) Hopefully, it will inspire others to do something similar – they are plenty more charities out there that need our help right now!
4) But most importantly, any donations made will go straight to the Mental Health Foundation immediately, so they have funds coming in to continue the great working they are already doing.
So please, if you still have income coming in and can afford a little to spare, please make a donation and sponsor me for this challenge. I’m hoping to raise a minimum of $1000, which is very achievable with your help.
Thank you in advance everyone and stay safe. See you on the other side....
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