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Major fundraising challenge for airforce woman

PLTOFF Sean McKeogh and CPL Lydia Savage practicing for the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge
Woodbourne-based Air Force Corporal (CPL) Lydia Savage is looking forward to being able to help sick children by taking part in a major fundraiser for Cure Kids, the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge.


Woodbourne-based Air Force Corporal (CPL) Lydia Savage is looking forward to being able to help sick children by taking part in a major fundraiser for
Cure Kids, the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge.

Lydia, who was born in Kawerau, moved to Palmerston North when she was eight. Her college years were spent at Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North and at Manawatu College in Foxton.
In 2000 she joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as a logistics supply specialist.

She said, “I joined the Air Force not knowing what to expect or what I was going to see. In saying this the eight years of my career have been an absolute blast. The thing that I enjoy most about the Air Force is definitely the people, those that I have played alongside in various RNZAF sports tournaments and the other RNZAF logistics personnel.”

Lydia and team member Pilot Officer Sean McKeogh will be part of three New Zealand Defence Force teams taking part in the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge from 1-3 October. The 35 teams participating in the event will be given $10 and have to use various modes of transport to get from Auckland to Queenstown in three days. The team that arrives in Queenstown with the most points after undertaking a wide variety of challenges on the way will be the winner.

“When I first read about the Cure Kids challenge I thought, “This is just like a little mini amazing race…cool! Reading a bit more I found out about children that need help, due to illness. The article really touched my heart-strings as I have a five year old son, and from there on in I knew I had to do it,” said Lydia.

“To make a difference to a little boy or girl would be wonderful.”

Prior to the event all teams participating in the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge have to raise $7,000 for Cure Kids. Funds raised will be used for medical research into life-threatening conditions that affect children.

The Air Force has really got behind the cause and have been running mufti days as well as taking part in a defence-wide ‘Help Cure Kids Coffee Day’ where all personnel were asked to donate the cost of one cup of coffee to the team’s fundraising efforts.

Image above: PLTOFF Sean McKeogh and CPL Lydia Savage practicing for the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge (WN-08-0016-73.jpg)