Ingram Micro NZ staff members have signed up to raise money for Cure Kids by running the Great Adventure Race on March 17.
Cure Kids raises money to fund medical research to help children live healthy lives.
The KAS's all work together in the Inside Sales team, while the Smashers work across different parts of the Ingram Micro business - Unified Communications, Connector Systems, Lenovo/IBM, and HR
HR business partner and member of The Smashers Sera Wright says, “There is a buzz in the air with this race, a sense of anxiety as it's going to be a tough day, but we're feeling really proud that we are putting ourselves through a testing day to help children and families that face even tougher times.
“I have been lucky enough to meet a couple of ambassadors and I draw on their energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook to keep my motivation going, especially on the days when the tank feels empty. It's a balance between, personal life, work, training and fundraising and we couldn't do this without the support of our families, friends, colleagues and Ingram Micro.
Within each team, individuals are also competing to see who can raise the most money, with a combined goal of $10,000 per team.
This is no waterfront stroll; The Great Adventure Race consists of off-road running, mountain biking, coastal traversing, and orienteering, and lasts up to 9 hours.
The race is physically demanding, and at least one team member needs to be a confident navigator as one wrong turn could add on minutes or hours.
That is why Great Adventure Race director Alan Nelson has produced a thorough training programme for the participants as well as field workshops to ensure they are well prepared.
Wright adds, “I am now really starting to enjoy the training and the feeling of getting fitter each time I go out.
"Each team are doing their own training, but the banter in the office is amazing. Everyone is really getting behind both teams, offering support through donations or words of encouragement.
Although there is a minimum fundraising target of $10,300 per team, this goal is almost always reached through support from Cure Kids staff, sheer participant enthusiasm but, most importantly, the contributions from their friends, family and readers of this article.
Ingram Micro NZ is a key partner of Cure Kids and have been hosting and participating in fundraising events since 2014, including their annual Golf Day which will be held again in March this year.
It doesn't need to be a special event to donate to Cure Kids; they accept donations year-round to help ease the difficulties of children who are struggling to live with injury and disease.