Wellington residents and workplaces are quick to sign up for Stadium Climb – a new outdoor stair challenge where locals traverse the famous ‘cake tin’ venue to raise money for cancer patients on November 7th.
“It’s a special event for me because I’m doing it to remember my father who lost his battle with leukaemia. I want to fundraise and support others like him, its an opportunity to make a difference,” says Shelly van der Krogt who has just registered for the event.
Shelly will be joining hundreds of other locals as she navigates 4,500 steps at Westpac Stadium for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).
“Our organisation receives no direct government funding, so Stadium Climb is essential to provide much-needed support for blood cancer patients in the Wellington region. Money raised in Wellington stays in Wellington, providing emotional and practical support as well as education and research to find a cure,” says Peter Fergusson, CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Teams and individuals signed up already are currently battling for the top of the fundraising leader board. The amount raised will climb over the coming weeks as Wellingtonians get donations to bolster much-needed blood cancer services for patients in their region.
People like 26-year-old Noelle who moved to Wellington by herself and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma. It was a tough journey after six rounds of chemotherapy, but LBC was able to walk alongside her with tailored support, as Noelle explains:
“I’d say to anyone going through blood cancer to get in touch with LBC – they really helped me. I also think having a positive attitude made a big difference!” Noelle finished her last treatment in May and is now in full remission. Every dollar fundraised will ensure patients like Noelle in Wellington get the support they need to get through cancer.
“It’s a high energy event for all fitness levels with an emphasis on fun. There will be music pumping as you climb, and the views are spectacular from the stands in the mighty Westpac stadium. It’s not a timed race; it’s a fun way to get fit for summer and support a worthy cause, and yes, there are spot prizes and medals. Tackle the challenge solo, or grab your workmates or friends to register as a team for moral support and added fun,” says Peter.
To sign-up, donate or learn more go to www.stadiumclimb.co.nz/wellington/