Raising funds great adventure

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Local competitors have found the going tough fundraising for Queenstown’s Cure Kids Great Adventure Race on Saturday.

Four Queenstown teams have signed up for the six-10 hour race – which incorporates running, mountain biking and orienteering over a secret Wakatipu course – to support Cure Kids, a charity funding research into life-threatening childhood illness.

Matt Hall, a member of the last year’s third-placed Arrow International team, reckons it’s been a slog raising the $10,000 entry fee.

“No one’s got any money they’re splashing around this year,” says Hall.

His four-member group has gathered “just over” the minimum amount with a lawn bowls event, company sponsorship and online donations, but it’s been “quite tough”.

Liz Nuttall of Queenstown’s Colliers International team says her group “did really well” raffling passes to Wakatipu golf courses and requesting donations from clients, but still “just managed to scrape in”.

Cure Kids funding manager Josie Spillane says the 10 other teams entered have each raised the required $10,000.

Teams have been training for up to five months to prepare for the challenging route, which will be unveiled tomorrow night, Spillane adds.

About 190 people comprising some 27 teams helped raise $9000 for the adventure race at the Cure Kids Business Night Quiz last Thursday. The event was held at the Memorial Hall. Organiser Jim Moore, general manager of Novotel Queenstown, crowned the night “a great success”.