Property team lay down Surf to City challenge

Southland Real Estate is issuing a challenge to other Southland businesses as it prepares to take on the 2013 BNZ Surf to City.

Almost every one of the 23-strong staff at the Invercargill-based firm and their families are expected to line up for the event on February 10 and manager Gus Johnston is keen to see more Southland workplaces take on the challenge.

"We really encourage other businesses to get behind the BNZ Surf to City," he says.

"Everyone here is really keen to get going - now we've just got to start training."

A portion of every BNZ Surf to City entry fee goes towards the Heart Foundation and Athletics Southland and Southland Real Estate's previous association with the Heart Foundation has added a little extra motivation.

The firm raised more than $3000 for the organisation during a recent charity sales challenge and is eager to continue its support.

"We are really keen to continue to raise awareness for the Heart Foundation and by taking part in the BNZ Surf to City we are advocating for healthy and active lifestyles, which is really positive," Johnston said.

While in the past, staff and their families have participated in the event as individuals, Johnston is looking forward to what he expects will be a great team-building exercise.

The Bank of New Zealand, too, is encouraging other businesses to get on board with the event and is expecting to have at least 100 people involved in it, according to BNZ Southland senior partner Jason Forbes.

"The BNZ is proud to be associated with the BNZ Surf to City as a naming rights sponsor and we want to get as involved as we can with the whole event," he says.

"Our staff and their families are more than keen to take on one of the options . . . and I am sure everyone will be out training over summer so they are ready to go on February 10."

The BNZ Surf to City offers options of running, cycling or walking 12km from Oreti Beach to Queens Park, or walking or running the ILT Foundation 6km event. It also includes the AMI Kids in the City and a Halberg Trust event.

Corporate entry forms are now available - contact Sport Southland for more information. General entries will open in early January and will be available at Sport Southland and all Southland BNZ branches.

The Southland Times