An early arrival for this week’s Queenstown $10 Challenge is disappointed that bad weather caused its postponement.
Glamorous presenter Jo Holley was due to pair up with film/TV actress Miriama Smith for the annual Cure Kids fundraiser – 16 teams of two were supposed to race from Queenstown to Auckland in three days on only $10.
Reigning Miss World NZ Mianette Broekman and New Zealand’s Next Top Model 2010 winner Danielle Hayes were also confirmed starters.
However, Aucklander Holley – a regular Queenstown Winter Festival host – was the sole arrival five days before yesterday’s scheduled start.
“I was reading the weather, of course,” she quips.
“It was also to carry on a bit more fundraising, catch up with good friends and get some support behind us on the starting line”.
Teams have to raise $7100 for Cure Kids before reaching that point.
“We always felt it was going to go on regardless of what the weather was up to,” Holley says.
“We’re pretty good at roughing it and I bought us some snow boots to adapt to the weather conditions.”
Holley appreciates the organisers’ weather concerns: “Being a charity, they do have to be cautious – if someone was to hurt themselves, who’s responsible?”
The pair plan to carry on fundraising till the race’s rescheduled November start.
“Meantime, tomorrow I’m going to do my own challenge.
“I’ve got to get to Dunedin, so if you see me, pick me up,” Holley says.