Techies help towards $500k Cure Kids bounty

Techies help towards $500k Cure Kids bounty

Several New Zealand IT companies took to the hills last Friday, in a bid to raise money for the CureKids foundation.

The CureKids Great Adventure Race took place in the Waitakere Ranges, giving competitors a tough challenge.

“It was a bloody good day, and bloody muddy,” says Express Data account manager Cat Morgan. “It was very hard, but the team environment made us all get through it.”

Express Data finished in 20th out of a total of 34 teams.

Cisco showed strength at the event, with 12 of its 25 New Zealand employees competing. The rest of the team acted as a support crew on the day.

“It was a great day, considering the fringe of Cyclone Becky which went through the night before,” says Suzanne Hansen, regional manager marketing and operations at Cisco. “The day stayed dry, although the course was very boggy. The Cisco Team raised $30,000 towards the CureKids cause, and we all had a huge experience.”

Microsoft finished in 26th place, after looking at a solid top ten performance. Pictured are team members Joy Snook, Ludwig Jeppe, Brigitte Reed and Mark Walton. Reed, small business marketing manager at the company says it was a great day.

“We were ranked tenth as we transitioned onto the final run, however we had 2 injuries in the team during the last section, one of which was a serious knee injury. Hence we ended up finishing 33rd. However despite the injuries we had lots if laughs; it was a fabulous day!”

Microsoft raised a total of $40,500 for the event, bringing the total amount for CureKids to more than $500,000.

The CureKids Great Adventure Race raises funds for the Child Health Research Foundation

microsoftCK1: Microsoft's Joy Snook, Ludwig Jeppe, Brigitte Reed & Mark Walton looking for a well deserved break after a tough race

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