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Defence Force Teams Up For The Challenge

1 October 2008

Defence Force Teams Up For The Challenge

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Air Force, Army and Navy teams at the start of the Queenstown $10 challenge in aid of Cure Kids. Back L to R: Sub-Lieutenant Darcy Topp, Flight Lieutenant Barbara Finlayson, Second Lieutenant Ruth Tautari, Second Lieutenant Nick Fuller. Front L to R: Sub-Lieutenant Fraser Toulmin and Pilot Officer Sean McKeogh.


Three New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) teams headed off from Auckland today with $10 and the challenge to get to Queenstown in three days.

The NZDF teams are Navy: Sub-Lieutenant Fraser Toulmin and Sub-Lieutenant Darcy Topp, Army: Second Lieutenants (2LT) Nick Fuller and Ruth Tautari, Air Force: Flight Lieutenant Barbara Finlayson and Pilot Officer Sean McKeogh.

The teams are part of the Accor Queenstown $10 Challenge, a major fundraiser for Cure Kids, a charity which funds medical research into life-threatening conditions that affect children.

As well as finding their own transport during the challenge the 28 teams taking part also have to complete a number of physical, mental and creative activities.

The first challenge was a 'pimp my ride' which saw the Navy team in a limousine, Army in a recovery vehicle and Air Force in a model helicopter on the back of a truck.

2LT Nick Fuller from the Army team said, "We are looking forward to giving the challenge our best shot. Being in the Defence Force is all about being agile and able to think on your feet so our teams should do well. We also value the comradeship the challenge offers and the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Cure Kids; such a worthwhile cause."

Prior to the event all teams participating in the Accor Queenstown $10 Challenge had to raise $7,000 for Cure Kids.


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