Young and old, on wheels or on foot, Pouto Lighthouse Challenge participants enjoyed 2019’s sunny weather and helped raise funds for the Cancer Society

Challenge raises funds and awareness

by Andy Bryenton

When west Kaipara local Josephine Nathan envisioned the creation of a walk, run and cycle event based around the stunning scenery of Pouto, her aim was to promote the beauty of our outdoor environment.

With 2020’s challenge fast approaching, the big day has stretched to encompass walking, running, biking and events for kids as well.

Josephine initially wanted to encourage those born here to return to their roots for a day of reminiscence and fun. She also aimed to introduce newcomers to the wild waves, massive skies and wild beauty of her home coast.

However, there’s another great reason to get involved when the wheels and heels hit the sand on February 15. All proceeds raised from this challenge benefit the local branch of the New Zealand Cancer Society. Helping them continue the hard work they put in throughout the community, assisting those whose lives are affected by a cancer diagnosis in the family.

The Pouto Lighthouse Challenge comprises everything from a fun four-kilometre kids event to an 18km walk, run or cycle classic, and the demanding 35-kilometre elite duathlon. There’s something for every fitness level, and it’s all for a very good cause. Tickets are on sale via Facebook.