Great Adventure Challenge helps kids

Great Adventure Challenge competitors started in Yanchep and then headed to Guilderton on Saturday, July 29.

DESPITE wet weather on the day the Great Adventure Challenge went ahead and raised more than $73,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The course which extended from Yanchep National Park through to Guilderton was not for the faint hearted.

Some of the challenges included crawling through caves, mountain biking head first into torrential rain and paddling up the Moore River.

BIS Industries successfully defended their GAC fundraiser title by raising $31,900.

A joint team from Azure Capital and King & Wood Mallesons were the overall winners, completing the course in 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Malaga -based Cleanaway finished sixth in the race and raised more than $20,000 making them the second highest fundraiser.

Before the event, which was held on Saturday, July 29 Starlight WA state partnerships manager Jayne Graham said the event aimed to raise $140,000 to give 3500 Western Australian children and families access to Starlight’s programs including the Starlight Express Rooms and Captain Starlight.

“Each month there are over 1000 visits by children and their families to the Starlight Express Rooms at Princess Margaret Hospital and Captain Starlight visits a further 400 children on hospital wards who are too sick to leave their beds,’’ she said.

“To meet this growing demand for Starlight’s programs, each participating team of eight is encouraged to fundraise $10,000 which will go towards helping sick kids.”