Please help us raise money and awareness for this important cause.
Over one hundred New Zealanders sustain a spinal cord injury every year. These devastating injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents alongside everyday activities such as biking, skiing, horse riding, and climbing. New Zealand, as an active sporting and nature-loving nation also has one of the highest rates of spinal cord injury in the world. Just imagine not being able to stand, walk, run, skip, or jump whilst your brain wills you to desperately leap onto your own two feet again.
CatWalk - Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust is a charity dedicated to funding research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury. The research facility is based at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research, where the team is working on gene therapy and other techniques to rejuvenate and regrow damaged neurons.
We are a group of thirteen young adults, who would like to contribute to the fundraising effort for this vital cause. We aim to climb Mauao (Mount Maunganui) 38 times - the equivalent vertical height of Mount Everest - to raise awareness about Catwalk’s work and fundraise money to support their efforts. To this end, we will push the limits of what we can do on our own feet, so that someday more people will be able to get back on theirs.
We are all excited and daunted by the task ahead but we know this doesn’t compare to the difficulties faced by people with spinal cord injuries; we hope to help give legs to those who can’t yet use their own.
We would love your support in donating, sharing this event with friends and family, planning a trip to support us, or any combination thereof.
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Sita Clark, Ben Madsen, Idi Jones, William Cook, Alex Morreau, Connor McDowall, Robert Logan, Alex Hartopeanu, Libby Bird, James Parton, Megan de Lambert, Rémy Officer and Louis Loader