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Troops support Telethon 09 -  from Afghanistan

Telethon at Kiwi Base, SGT Simon Blakeway organiser of the Telethon, 523 Km run in a 13 hour relay around the perimeter fence
SGT Simon Blakeway organiser of the 523 KM run in Afghanistan (WN09-0101-069tn)

11 August 2009

On 8 August, 46 members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Bamyan, Afghanistan participated in a relay run/walk to raise funds for the 2009 New Zealand Telethon charity, Kids Can Stand Tall.

Relay organiser and Royal New Zealand Air Force Medic Sergeant Simon Blakeway, said: “The idea was to keep someone running or walking around the perimeter track (approximately 1km around) from 0600 until 1900. I struggled to get people interested initially, but as I wandered around different units, I got more and more support. Even the Singaporeans and a couple of Americans we have here got involved.”

Temperatures reached close to 40 degrees in the middle part of the day of the relay. Despite the heat, the group achieved its goal.

Competitors kept count of the laps and some of their achievements are :

  • Highest number of consecutive laps: 28 - completed by CAPT Lucas, Singapore Armed Forces.
  •  Highest number of consecutive laps by a Kiwi:22 - completed by SGT Shaun Moore, RNZSigs.
  • Highest number of laps total by a Kiwi: 24 - completed by SGT Simon Blakeway, RNZAF

During the relay, the 46-strong team managed to run or walk a total of 523kms and to date have raised over $1,000 for the Kids Can Stand Tall Charity.

NZDF personnel throughout New Zealand got behind the Telethon 09 charity in a variety of ways, including holding fun runs at camps and bases around the country, and most notably “the BIG Exercise’ (a military-style work out) at Civic Square in Wellington.

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