Everest challenge soars past $80k

More FM's Promotion Intern Katherine Marr and Promotions Manager Kelsey Harrap on the stone steps of Mauao. Photo: John Borren.

Although the More FM Mount Everest Challenge ended on Sunday, the charity fundraiser is still open for donations for another week.

More FM Promotion Manager Kelsey Harrap is delighted that more than $80,000 has been raised for Good Neighbour through the 50-day challenge.

“It was my first year organising the challenge and I had set myself a goal of $50k,” says Kelsey. “So I was more than happy with the latest tally.”

The challenge, which ran from February 12 to April 3 has so far raised $81,085. The challenge is now on to see if it can reach $85,000 before the end of the week.

Over the last eight years, More FM has raised $462,000 for local charities. In 2015, $95,000 was raised for surf clubs, while in 2016, Homes of Hope was the chosen charity with $45,000 raised.

The list goes on: 2017 - Women’s Refuge, $71,000; 2018 - Waipuna Hospice, $120,000; 2019 - Riding for the Disabled, $63,000; 2020 - Rescue Helicopter, $32,800. Last year St Johns received $36,200.

More FM wants to continue to grow this to support various charities in the Bay of Plenty, but they can only do it if people seize hold of this challenge, whether it’s participating in climbing or donating to those who are.

“I am already looking forward to organising next year's challenge,” says Kelsey.

Kelsey and the More FM team will be presenting a cheque to Good Neighbour in the coming weeks.

“We will be handing over a large cheque to Good Neighbour once the Give a Little page closes,” says Kelsey.

“We have kept it open for an extra week for last minute donations.”

To donate, go to https://givealittle.co.nz/event/mount-everest-challenge-2022





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