10K For A 10K In New Zealand

10K For A 10K In New Zealand

The Telecom Foundation People’s Champion, Ben Richmond, is on a mission to educate kids in New Zealand about water safety. He is gearing up to swim 10 km in a bid to raise $10,000 for Water Safety New Zealand.

Richmond and his best mate, Malcolm Cleland, are taking part in the Taupo State Epic Swim at Lake Taupo on January 13th. The duo is fundraising through Givealittle.co.nz, New Zealand’s first zero fees fundraising website.

With the $10,000 earmarked for Water Safety New Zealand’s water safety education and resources, the funds are sufficient to assist 200 Kiwi children around the country.

The idea to participate in the marathon swim came to the friends after they completed the 3.3 km State Ocean Series at Paihia in November. Both men wanted a new challenge and decided a 10 km swim was a lofty goal to work towards. “Since it’s a big swim, we decided we wanted to do something to highlight the issue of water safety. If we can raise $10,000 and educate 200 Kiwi kids, we will be over the moon,” says Richmond. “Too many New Zealanders drown each year, but by learning to swim and survive Kiwi kids will be equipped to deal with difficult situations in the water, hopefully our efforts will encourage Kiwis to learn about safety in the water and access valuable resources.”

The duo is hoping to complete the 10km swim in under 4 hours. “Givealittle.co.nz is such a valuable platform to fund raise on. We are grateful that 100% of the money raised will go towards educating kids with Water Safety New Zealand. We would love people to share their Givealittle page within their own networks and social media channels, and can help anyone set up their own Givealittle.co.nz page by contacting us at ben.richmond@telecom.co.nz.”

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