Hotel staff tackle charity walk


Six staff including the manager from Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza hotel are tackling a 100km charity hike to help alleviate poverty.

Calling themselves the Crowne Rangers, they’re undertaking the Oxfam Trailwalker New Zealand around Taupo on April 9-10.

The team of four comprise general manager Matt Anderson, front of house manager Guy Robinson, meeting director and Rotarian Amy Bohling and Claire Hitchin.

Their support crew are Anshu Naicker from front office and Bronwyn Reid from housekeeping.

Up to 300 teams are expected to enter the event, which has run since 2006 – one of 12 such events around the world in aid of the Oxfam charity.

Each team has to raise at least $2000.

The Crowne Rangers are running sausage sizzles every Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm, until March 11.

As another fundraiser the hotel will host a quiz night on March 11.

“The Oxfam Trailwalker will be fun and challenging – but you don’t need to be marathon runner or a professional athlete to do it, which is why it’s perfect for us,” Anderson says.

“Oxfam is about overcoming poverty and injustice in some of the world’s poorest communities.

“We’re happy to support their work.”