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Saturday 2nd April 2016

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TEAM CURE KIDS SET OFF ON THEIR GODZONE ADVENTURE

Richie McCaw is wearing the number he made famous during his rugby career
as he takes part in GODZONE Chapter Five with his Cure Kids teammates.

Team Cure Kids are team number seven of 61 hitting the route on Saturday at
the start of the 530km seven-day race.

McCaw said: “I just hope I don’t disgrace it. I’m looking forward to getting in to
it.

“I guess it’s a question of can you handle it. That’s the bit that gets me going
and until you do it you don’t know if you can. You open yourself up to failure
too.”

Along with teammates Ron Nichol, Sarah Fairmaid and Ben Meyer, McCaw will
be coasteering and kayaking from Kaiteriteri beach to Rabbit Island on stage
one of the seven day event.

So far they have raised $292,000 for the Cure Kids charity, with a target of
$350,000.

Before setting off, team leader and CEO of the NZRPA, Rob Nichol, said they
had been training hard and were now looking forward to the experiences the
next few days will bring.

He said: “Most of all I think we are just looking forward to getting under way –
but also those special moments you get to experience in this race – be it nailing
a challenge, some amazing scenery, exhilarating white water or some vertical
cliff to abseil down, reaching that pass you have targeted for the best part of a
day and a night, or getting a tough navigational call spot on. It’s these
moments which capture you for sure.

“As the Cure Kids team we have talked about wanting to work hard throughout
the adventure for the cause, which is to raise funds to help find cures for kids.”

Cure Kids fund research into a range of diseases with the aim of improving and
saving the lives of the children who live with them.

Cure Kids ambassador 19-year-old Lizzie McKay said: “Please support the team by texting GODZone to 933 to donate $3 to Cure Kids. Your support will help the researchers in their search for better treatments and
cures to these conditions.”

Donations of more than $3 can be made online
https://everydayhero.co.nz/event/godzoneadventureforcurekids.

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