Reporters step up to challenge

20:26, Feb 06 2013
NST Reporters
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: North Shore Times reporters from left: Marnie Hallahan, Maryke Penman and Jess Etheridge are competing in the Coastal Challenge to raise money for Hospice North Shore.

Too often reporters write about people doing inspirational things for charity, so we thought it was time for us to put down our pens and get stuck in ourselves.

Three of us at the North Shore Times - Marnie Hallahan, Jess Etheridge and myself - have signed up to do the Coastal Challenge on February 23 to raise money for Hospice North Shore.

We have long admired the work of hospice in providing care to those suffering life-threatening illnesses.

Hospice staff step in at a time when people are facing their darkest hour to offer in-home care, support services and peaceful respite.

By running in the Coastal Challenge we hope to raise enough money to ensure the hospice can continue working with those who need it.

Jess has taken up the 6km challenge as a way to kick-start training and get her


fitness back. She says a family friend and a late uncle were supported by the hospice and this is a way for her to recognise its work.

Marnie has also signed on for the 6km run to get back in the game after dodgy knees hampered her half marathon effort last year.

"Hospice North Shore is a wonderful and deserving charity; one that my grandmother Naenae was very passionate about.

"When Naenae became ill at the age of 88 we were overwhelmed by the kindness of the hospice nurses who came out to help us bathe and change her. They were like angels," she says.

As health reporter I have met countless people fighting crippling illnesses.

It never ceases to amaze me how steely and determined they are in overcoming their diseases.

Incredibly, many of them still manage to crack a smile and joke in the midst of their battle.

It is those people who will inspire me to do my 17km run from Browns Bay to Devonport.

All of us are putting in the hard yards in the lead-up to the event so we can do the North Shore Times proud. We will be grateful for any donations to our cause, however big or small.

Go to to donate.

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