On Sunday 15 November, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti hosted the closing ceremony for the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge 2020.
Participants met by Te Poho-o-Rawiri marae for a final group walk to the summit to celebrate everyone’s individual and team achievements. It was a beautiful evening with live music, spot prizes and participants sharing their stories of what the journey meant to them, complimented with a sunset.
2083 registered participants with 199 teams took part in the challenge this year and collectively climbed Titirangi 20502 times.
The challenge is to climb Titirangi 68 times in 7 weeks which is the equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest. The challenge means more than just the number of climbs, it’s a chance for everyone to get outside, get active, socialise and achieve their own personal goals. Whether its 1 climb or 200, it’s helped someone get one step closer to their goal.
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Events Advisor Debbie Hutchings said ‘to see such a large number of our community being active is the real success of this event. By reducing barriers such as cost, set times and access, people of all ages, stages, ethnicity and fitness levels are participating. What they may set out to do at the beginning for many turns into something they never thought they could or would do. The people they meet, the friendships made and the excitement of reaching or surpassing their own goals is so rewarding.’
The annual event helps to raise money for the East Coast Cancer Society to support locals living with bowel cancer.
With the help of sponsors, Sean and Fiona Shivnan, the East Coast Cancer Society, PAK’nSAVE, the Gisborne District Council and ProTraffic, as well as local champions such as Huringa Pai, the event was able to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
To kick off the 2020 challenge, we’ll be holding a group hikoi up the maunga, in time to catch sun rise and officially open the seven week event with a karakia.
To join in, meet at Poho o Rawiri Marae before 6:30AM ?
There will be coffee and event T-shirts for sale at the summit – please bring a keep-cup to reduce waste, and cash if you want to purchase a shirt.
View the Facebook event for more info
Stay motivated during your journey to conquer Mt Everest with this wall chart! Tick off milestones as you go through our live leaderboard or pop this up on your fridge.
Printable Wall Chart
Printable Conversion Chart
To continue the kaupapa of supporting Bowel Cancer patients in Tairāwhiti, we will be selling Titirāngi Mt Everest Challenge shirts.
We’ve produced a limited number, and they’ll go on sale at our opening event. When you reach the summit, we’ll have a stall set up to sell these shirts. They’re $15 each or get two for $20. Cash only! Or you can purchase the shirts from our Office, Level 1, 74 Grey St.
If you’re wondering how we can give away 100% of the sale of the shirts, it’s because the awesome businesses on the back of the shirt have sponsored the cost of their production. Thank you to BDO, Ovation, ECT, EIT, Emerre & Hathaway, Huringa Pai, Aon and Eastland Group for getting behind this great cause.
You can also donate to the Gisborne Cancer Society by clicking here.
The 2020 Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge is nearly here!
Registrations are now open and we’re excited to get the event underway. The challenge will start Monday 28th September and finish on Sunday 15th November.
Track yours and your team’s progress on the live, online leaderboard. You can track your height, gain badges (when you reach other noteworthy peaks) and encourage your friends, whānau, and colleagues by following their progress also!
Make sure you keep checking in to see our opening celebration details.
A special thanks to Sean Shivnan Pharmacy for their support so our people can enjoy the physical benefits and social interactions of being apart of this event.
What a beautiful day to kick off the Titirangi Mt Everest Challenge! The maunga has been a hive of activity all morning, and already 100 climbs have been logged on the website.
Tonight, we’re holding an opening event, where we’ll have a group climb leaving Te Poho-O-Rawiri Marae at 5:30, followed by a welcome, blessing and a chance to purchase one of the new T-shirts at the summit.
The T-shirts will be sold for $20 cash only, and 100% of the sale is donated to bowel cancer patients in Tairāwhiti