Queenstown to Cromwell 58km Quest for Camp Quality
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At the beginning of January, my 6 year old twin daughters, Sophie and Grace, attended Camp Quality, which is a global charity, that puts on summer camps for children who have gone through/are going through cancer. The camps are put on at no charge to the campers, funded by sponsorships and donations. We were reluctant to send the girls, since it was 6 nights away and the longest they would have been away from us. Well, they blew us away and didn’t want to leave at the end of the week. Every camper has their own companion/camp counsellor/big brother/sister that volunteer their time to be with them 24 hrs a day for the week. The girls’ companions and the other companions were amazing, and we could see the bond the girls formed with them when camp finished.
I have awesome memories of going to summer camp as a kid also working multiple summers as a camp counsellor at Camp Horizons in Virginia, USA.
So...in order to help give back and help keep Camp Quality running, for my 39th birthday at the beginning of March, a few friends and I are going to take part in a ‘Stand By Me’ adventure/hike/suicide mission (hopefully minus the leeches) from the camp in Queenstown back to Cromwell...for some much needed taco refuelling and recovery and to celebrate a successful day!
The hike will mainly be along the mighty Kawarau River. It is approximately 58km/36 miles and should take approximately 12-13 hours.
My fellow hikers are my fellow Cromwell Miners Basketball teammates and friends, Ben Wilden, Jonny Roberts (who previously did over 1500 burpees to raise money for Camp Quality), and Nathan Roberts. And maybe some others to be added to this list as well.