By CRIS JOHNSTON
Central Otago’s Cherry Fairies are getting ready to fly and are fine-tuning preparations for a major fundraising function ahead of a three-day jaunt from Auckland to Queenstown on just $10 early next year.
Shelley Cornish, of Cromwell, and Jody Tuffs, of Wanaka, are taking part in the $10 Queenstown Challenge Journey for Cure Kids, the long-running fundraiser for the child health research charity.
Mrs Cornish, who completed the challenge last year with fellow early childhood teacher Sally Cameron, said the event had had a change of date and was now being held in March rather than September.
“It was just amazing last year. Each night we got to meet one of the Cure Kids ambassadors and hear either them or their parents speak.
“It was an amazing journey and very emotional on the last day coming into Queenstown on jet-boats,” she said.
There had been plenty of highlights, including a ferry crossing over Cook Strait struck by 6m waves.
“Luckily, we were in the top 10 teams and so got a cabin for the night,” she said.
Organisers ensured each day’s route was top secret and during the journey participants had to complete a variety of challenges.
Mrs Tuffs said she had been inspired seeing what her team-mate had achieved last year.
“Why wouldn’t you want to get on board helping these kids?” she said.
However, to even leave the start line at Auckland on March 30 teams have to first raise $10,500.
Next month, Mrs Cornish and Mrs Tuffs are holding their “Frock Up” gala charity night featuring silent and live auctions and live entertainment.
“We have received amazing support already with several businesses supporting us. They will be coming on the journey with their names on the back of our T-shirts,” Mrs Tuffs said.
The event was being held on October 8 at the Golden Gate Lodge and the two women hoped it would generate next year’s “departure fee”.