Next week’s $10 Queenstown Challenge fundraiser for Cure Kids has special meaning for a competing Bay of Plenty couple.
Kim and Sean Armstrong are parents of 11-year-old Keegan, who has to inject himself up to eight times a day to treat his Type A diabetes.
All three went on a Cure Kids Ticket to Hope weekend in Queenstown last year.
Kim was so impressed with the charity – which funds research into life-threatening children’s illnesses – that she and her sister Karen Stanton competed in last year’s $10 Challenge, raising $8500.
This time Kim’s returning with Sean for this year’s fun challenge, where 16 teams of two have to get from Queenstown to Auckland in three days on only $10.
Teams also have to raise $7100 each for Cure Kids before they even reach the start line next Wednesday.
“We had a ball last year and the people you meet along the way when you’re getting your rides are just amazing,” Kim says.
“You sort of think, maybe that one extra dollar that you raise might actually make the cure for my boy.
“It’s quite hard having to watch your kid have to inject himself every single day but he’s got to do it to live.”
Last year’s event raised more than $200,000.