A few glasses of champagne at a pal’s wedding has led Queenstown solicitor Annabel Ritchie to tackle a 100km walking race for charity.
The former New Zealand women’s eight rower is leading a four-strong team at the Oxfam Trailwalker NZ event in Taupo from April 4-5.
Ritchie, a lawyer at Anderson Lloyd, has roped in friends – double Olympic gold medal rower Caroline Evers-Swindell, Blenheim doctor Emily Ross and Rotorua-based nurse Nina Wardell – for the poverty fundraiser, expected to take about 20 hours to complete.
“A lot of people have asked why we agreed to this,” says Ritchie. “The answer is simple – too many bubbles.
“The idea began at a friend’s wedding in January, where after some champagne we decided to plan an adventure together so we could have a right old natter.
“After more bubbles we’d agreed to enter the Oxfam race.
“This will give us plenty of time to natter away uninterrupted and raise money for a good cause,” Ritchie adds.
Appropriately, Ritchie and her mates have called themselves Team Bubbles for the event.
They have to commit to raising at least $2000 for the Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge – part of an international series also held in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia, and which has raised more than $70 million globally since 1981.
“We are already three-quarters of the way there but further sponsorship will be greatly appreciated,” she says.
To find out more about Team Bubbles, log on to www.oxfam.org.nz.