Wellingtonian Days Away From Completing Run For CureKIDS
12 May 2014
Wellingtonian Julian Bee Days Away From Completing Epic Run For CureKIDS
Wellington IT Manager and all round good guy, Julian Bee, is now just days away from completing his mission to run all nine of New Zealand’s Great Walks, all in aid of raising money for CureKids.
The charity ultrarunning project kicked off in August last year, on Red Nose Day, as Julian ran for ten hours straight on a treadmill in Wellington’s Midland Park, accompanied by colleagues from his workplace, Provoke Solutions, and for his last painful hour, by CureKids Ambassador, Brendon Pongia. With barely enough time to unlace his trainers, he then launched into his first trail run in October.
He has since completed the following tracks; Rakiura, Routeburn, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Lake Waikaremoana, Whanganui River (including an 88km kayak) , Milford , Kepler and Abel Tasman. All the while fighting through the occasional hail and snow storm and a painful stress fracture in his right foot.
With 460km of his 540km goal under his belt, Julian will launch into his final run on Wednesday this week(his birthday no less) as he tackles the Heaphy track on the northwest of the South Island – his longest run of the entire mission by 20km.
When asked the obvious question; why someone would put themselves through such a gruelling physical undertaking, Julian’s answer is simple and sincere, “I’ve got kids who I love to bits, and try as I might want to, there’s a bunch of stuff in this world I can’t protect them from. As a firm believer in modern science (and therefore the research that drives it), investing my time in helping CureKids do what they do feels like a sound investment in my kids future health. Plus I’ve never met a group of people more passionate about what they do.” Julian says he also believes the physical pain his running adventure might inflict on him is nothing compare to what some kids go through every day.
Julian has collected $3,000 in donations for CureKids thus far but is still taking donations as the finish line on this mammoth feat approaches. Head to http://greatruns.co.nz/ to donate.
Founded in 2001 with the mission to create compelling and valuable web experiences, Provoke Solutions has become a world leader in online development, mobile solutions, unified communications and experience design consultancy.
Provoke has a rich pedigree in design-led software development with a technical focus on Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, .NET, SQL Server, Windows Phone and Lync.
Provoke offer the full suite of services, from strategic consulting, through to design, development and integration.
A long-term Microsoft Gold partner, in 2011 Provoke's industry-leading work and commitment to innovation were rewarded with being named as Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand.
Provoke have 150 staff worldwide with offices in Wellington, Auckland, Seattle, Singapore and Manila.
• Microsoft Azure Solution Partner of the Year
• Microsoft Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year 2012
• Microsoft Start-Up Partner of the Year 2012
• Microsoft Country Partner of the Year 2011 [New Zealand]
• Microsoft Online Services Partner of the Year 2011
• Microsoft Citizenship Solution of the Year 2011
• Microsoft Online Services Partner of the Year (2010)
• Microsoft Citizenship Solution of the Year (2010)