It was just an idea which has been embraced and now driven by a great community of people. It is so lovely seeing people connecting and re-connecting because of this challenge. I think it is helping to build a resilient healthy engaged community and it's having such a positive healthy flow on effect to families and friends.
One walker told her the whole family had scaled the hill in the rain, something they wouldn’t have done had it not been for the challenge.
Families are spending time together. Toni’s even heard of people having ‘dates’ up there.
Some are walking, some are running, others are doing it by bike.
Now that she’s created a social media movement and has something of a captive audience, Toni’s hoping that same group could be involved in things like a fundraising movie night.
She’s already thinking of organising a Kids Winter Onesie walk, with a reward at the top.
We’d like to see if this might be started in other communities, too, like at Colonial Knob in Porirua; in Tauranga climbing Mt Maunganui; or at Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay.
Toni wants healthy competition, but doesn’t want anyone to get demoralised by seeing the achievements of others.
But with winter approaching she knows it’s going to get harder. “I’m stockpiling while I can!”.
To join the challenge, search for the Kaukau 100 page on Facebook and ask to join, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to Healthy Futures can be made via our Givealittle page.