There Will Be Mud!
Sunday 17th November 2019 is the day crew of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) hope will leave more than a mark on the community’s calendars.
“We need loads of people to get out of their comfort zone and get muddy from head to toe in support of the work of the Trust,” says Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Dr Louise Park (pictured).
Park, as with team mates: Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) Casey Drum (pictured), Pilot Johnny Stanton and Air Crew Officer/Co-Pilot Aaron Knight, is looking forward to joining in the fun and taking on the inaugural Westpac Chopper Challenge.
As Clinical Lead of Wellness and Resilience for the Trust, Lou has no problem speaking for her teammates. “We can’t wait!” she laughs.
The Westpac Chopper Challenge is a new addition to ARHT’s annual line up of events. Involving a 3km obstacle course, created by Action Matakana, it is designed to put participants through their paces.
“This event is aimed at anyone who loves a good physical challenge,” says ARHT Events Manager Leanda Hunt, “You won’t find a canapé here but what we do offer is a whole heap of muddy fun! There is even opportunity to run two laps of the course.”
Obstacle course racing champion Liam Wilkinson of Ascend Fit is on board with the inaugural event.
“Liam will give our teams all the tips and tricks needed to train hard and complete those obstacles, making sure everyone is prepared for the challenge ahead,” Hunt says.
Hunt cites strength, endurance, stamina and teamwork as essential qualities for the challenge.
“We hope every participant will smash personal goals for themselves, but this very much involves a team effort. Every participant is expected to look out for their team mates in much the same way as Louise, Casey, Johnny and Aaron must work together to provide patients with the best possible outcome. There are 30 obstacles to conquer and each must be completed by all four team members.”
Teams will be up against the clock.
“Every minute counts when it comes to saving a life,” Drum adds.
At the finish line will be a refreshing beverage, with food trucks on site.
“Teams are encouraged to bring their supporters and stay for the prize giving/celebrations afterwards that includes a DJ. There will be great prizes, including spot prizes,” Hunt says, “It’s not every day you get to do something like this!”
A registration fee of $395 per team is required and each team of four is asked to set a fundraising goal of $5,000 representing the approximate cost of one rescue mission. Teams are encouraged to sign up fast. The first event is limited to 30 teams.
To find out more, visit: www.chopperchallenge.co.nz