Regular gym member Karl Battersby's wife Kylie has been battling breast cancer for seven years and has now been told it is terminal. The couple have three daughters - 12, 11 and 9 - who all attend Fernside School.
To help the family out, Saints is holding the largest functional fitness team challenge event they believe has ever been held in North Canterbury. Teams will have to complete 15 unique fitness/team building problem solving stations and gather points to win. All fitness levels are welcome, with the competition aimed more at fun and charity.
The Saints team is aiming to fill 15 teams of 10 people. All team members must make a donation to gain entry to the event, with all proceeds going to the Battersby family.
A large family-style barbecue and drinks will be provided to participants and supporters after the event, which kicks off at 10am on Sunday, October 20.
Saints owners Ash and Aaron McConville say Karl Battersby is a "consistent member" of the gym who goes to the 5am class every day.
"We truly do have a ridiculously unique close community, so putting an event together like this was easy," Aaron McConville says.
The team has already raised $7000 for the Battersby family. They do not have a target in mind, but have asked the wider public to "throw in whatever they can".
Click the link below for more information and details on how you can make a donation too.
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Thirty North Canterbury schools and charities will receive a share of $30,000 from this year's MainPower Community Fund.
Lines company MainPower has been running the contestable fund since 2015.
"Due to the popularity of the Community Fund, we increased the funding available to $30,000 in 2019, a $10,000 increase," chief executive Andy Lester said.
"We also introduced a separate voting stage, where a group of finalists were profiled online, allowing members of the community to have a say in where the funds will be allocated."
A total of $20,000 has been allocated to community groups and $10,000 to school projects. The recipients represent a range of community activities.
"Whether the funding is going towards giving kids the chance to learn about the environment, or supporting the region's most vulnerable, the key thing is that all of the recipients are doing great things for North Canterbury," Lester said.
2019 MAINPOWER COMMUNITY FUND RECIPIENTS
Waikuku Beach Surf Lifesaving
Big Brothers Big Sisters North Canterbury
Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust
Amberley Meals on Wheels
Satisfy Food Rescue
Kaiapoi Food Forest
Mini Ha Ha Horse Haven
Rangiora Community Patrol
Southbrook Community Sports Club
Chris Ruth Centre
Kaikōura Community Shed
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Cheviot Community Menz Shed
Rachel's House Trust
Oxford Community Men Shed
Oxford Arts Trust
Reflections Community Trust
Rangiora Community Menz Shed
Hanmer Springs School
North Canterbury Alpine Trust
Rangiora High School
North Loburn School
View Hill School
Amberley Community Preschool
Too often we think that picking up litter is someone else’s job - but collecting rubbish is such a simple way we can help our community, the environment and our own health and wellbeing.
This is why Resene is proud to sponsor the “Walk & Collect Weekend” on December 7 and 8. Take a walk over the weekend and collect a bag of rubbish in your community - it's simple but with a collective effort can make a big difference.
It's free to participate and there are prizes to be won - including a $200 Resene Gift Card! Simply head to their event page and register your interest.