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Students’ 300km overnighter raises money for charity

Being smack in the middle of exams was no deterrent to our student leaders who walked more than 300km over 18 hours as part of Relay for Life.

Twenty-five students in Years 12 and 13 took part in the event, which raises money for The Cancer Society. They walked 662 laps around Bruce Pulman Park in Takanini and raised more than $5,000.

“A big challenge was the cold during the night and the fact we had to study for exams on the Sunday after minimal sleep,” said student president Mckenzie Northcott. “It made for a long afternoon on the Sunday!”

Mckenzie, who also took part in the event last year at Pukekohe, had a personal motivation this time round.

“We had a cancer diagnosis in the family in the last year so now I understand the role The Cancer Society plays in the treatment process as well as for the family. I really wanted to give back,” she said.

The team spent a couple of months planning and organising the logistics – from preparing food to sourcing equipment. A highlight was seeing the team pull together, “especially during the early hours of the morning when the walking got tough,” Mckenzie said.

ACG Strathallan was one of five schools who took part.

Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser run by Cancer Society Auckland. All funds raised go directly back into the local community for families that are going through the battle with cancer.