CANDO4KIDS AMAZING RACE
Early in the year, about June, my wife Wendy and I had the privilege of supporting our grandson Aaron with his team Wombats in the Amazing Race, a charity event, run by Cando4kids to raise money to help the deaf and the visually impaired children of South Australia.
Wendy’s son Geoff sponsored the team through Highland Accounting and her other son Paul was also a member of team Wombats along with Geoff’s friend Mike who is also Aaron’s uncle. We gladly paid to have billspastelart.com put on the back of the T shirt that they wore during the race. 6 other businesses and friends also had their names on the T shirts. We raised money by having a sponsored walk with the Encounter Bay Walking Group in Victor Harbour and an afternoon playing ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’. I donated a painting of a horse race at Broken Hill and we sold lots of raffle tickets for my painting. We don’t know who won the painting yet as it will be drawn in November.
To read more about team Wombats race and the fun they had please refer to www.geoffsblog.com where you will see more photographs.
Wendy and I decided to volunteer to help with the race and we were situated at Pitstop 2A where we sat in the sun by the Port River at Port Adelaide and waited for the 25 teams to find us, then we put a sticker in their passports. What lovely people we met that day and I took a photo of the two team players of each team, who came through our pitstop whilst the other two team members were off kayaking around Garden Island. Geoff and Paul found us whilst Mike and Aaron did the kayaking.
We enjoyed it so much that we plan to volunteer our services for both days next year. The race is around Adelaide and the hills for 2 days and the lads got to do lots of fun things that they’d always wanted to do and we got a suntan. The Corporate charity event raised $130,000 for Cando4kids. The team that raised the most money raised well over $12,000. The team were a little late in joining the fund raising this year but we still raised in excess of $4,500 and hope to do better with fund raising next year when we will start in April with all the other teams. Aaron’s wife Kris did a marvellous job and had some great ideas for fundraising. The Amazing Race has a website.
Aaron’s son Noah is a recipient of help from Cando4kids as he has a visual impairment.
The reflections in the river were spectacular and where better to sit and wait and munch on the goodies we were given. We even saw the dolphins and one of them had a baby swimming with her.