Raukawa Staff cross the finish line to raise funds for Charity
18:47:53 are the magic numbers that describe the hard slog of hours, minutes and seconds that it took our team of 10 staff to cross the race line at the Taupō Great Race Relay. Our team “Raukawa Kool Running’s” walked and ran across 155kms of picturesque landscape to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and to represent our iwi organisation at this special charity event.
Participant staff member Jess Karipa said “After we participated in the Tri Māori event at Karāpiro last year, we thought we would organise a team to enter the Taupō race….it was a well organised event and we all walked away feeling extremely satisfied with our time!”
In our last pānui, our staff showed their true colours by dressing in Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October last year, however, this year they truly took it up a notch. The participants were supported by two “camp mothers” – Doreen Flavell and Donna Dean, who supported the team with meals, wake up calls, and a whole lot of encouragement.
Jess says that “…it was an awesome event where we got to represent our, iwi organisation and support a worthy cause, at the moment we are now planning to enter the Rotorua half marathon in May which supports the Child Cancer Foundation.”
Ernst Visser, our Systems and Database technician ran leg 5 and 6 of the race and started his run at 4am in pitch black skies. Ernst, an avid runner, says that “…as I ran around the lake with other contestants there was a part, where you enter the forest, the songs of birds filled the waking forest, it was great you could really feel the spirit of the whole event.” It was still only 6:15am by the time Ernst handed over the relay to the next competitor for their leg of the race.
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