Where's Wally puts Hamilton on map

Cross-country challenge for Hamilton pair

ZIZI SPARKS
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014
Where’s Wally crew, Kendall Parkinson and Virginia Pak
BRUCE MERCER/Fairfax NZ
HITCHING A RIDE: The Where’s Wally crew, Kendall Parkinson and Virginia Pak, in character ready for the challenge.

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A Hamilton duo is set to travel from Auckland to Queenstown dressed as Wally from the Where's Wally books, with a budget of just $10 for the journey.

But first, Virginia Pak, 25, a nurse, and her flatmate, Kendall Parkinson, 23, a dietician, need to fundraise a total of $7000 to participate in Cure Kids' $10 Queenstown Challenge.

So the pair will hold Where's Wally Quiz Night and Auction at The Cook Cafe and Bar in Hamilton East, on August 16, to raise the rest of the cash they need.

Pak said they had already raised $5000 and hoped the evening would generate the rest.

"Hopefully this will push us to the top of the [fundraising] leaderboard. So far everything for the evening has been donated. We've got some amazing auction items lined up."

Among the 45 items up for silent auction are an espresso coffee machine, hot air balloon rides and gym memberships.

Pak said she has always wanted to complete the Queenstown challenge.

"It's taken a while for me to commit. I've had to spend the last three months fundraising.

"When I'm not at work I'm doing this and answering emails about it. But it's worth it."

The $10 Queenstown Challenge will be held over three days at the start of October. So far, 32 teams have entered the challenge, in which teams must travel over 1500 kilometres from Auckland to Queenstown on just $10 while in costume. Teams will also face physical and mental challenges during the challenge.

Pak and her flatmate will dress as Where's Wally for the duration of the challenge, which they hope will "get Hamilton on the map".

Pak and Parkinson said they chose Where's Wally because they don't know where they're going or what they're doing.

"We thought Where's Wally would be appropriate and fun," said Pak.

Next Saturday's fundraiser costs $25 per head, which includes a drink each and a platter of food per table. "You don't even have to have a [quiz] team when you get there," said Pak. "But it is better if you do."

All of the funds go to Cure Kids for research. The $10 Queenstown Challenge for Cure Kids is an annual fundraising event.

- Zizi Sparks is a communications student at AUT.

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