Fundraising bootcamp makes $7k, and it’s not over yet

Team SWAT 1: Megan Finnimore, Veena Widdison, Emily Hulm, Grace Finnimore, Piper Thomson, Christine Cameron, Jodi Thomson, Kate Molkentin and Di Hall (front).

After heat one of Tumbarumba’s Bootcamp for Bushfires, it is the Lifesavers team that currently has the lead after completing every obstacle on Saturday. 

Thankfully, the rain stayed away last weekend and all teams were able to complete the bootcamp challenges within an hour.

The second heat will take place this Saturday at 7am. 

What’s more, the fundraising initiative has now raised over $7000 which will go towards helping local families in their efforts to recover from last summer’s bushfires. 

The Bootcamp for Bushfires team now have a target of $8000, which they hope to meet after this weekend’s second heat. 

After the event, organisers will speak with members who organised the bushfire support to establish the recipients that will be receiving the donations.

The cash will be used to purchase gift vouchers from businesses such as IGA, The Parade service station and Hammonds Hardware. These vouchers will be distributed evenly amongst the families who lost homes.

Families will receive their vouchers in time for Christmas. 

Tumbarumba personal trainer Jade Drew is one of the brains behind the bootcamp for bushfires event. Mrs Drew said she is really pleased with everyone who took part in heat one on Saturday.

“Everyone who participated really put in 110%,” she said.

“The enthusiasm of everybody involved was amazing. Everyone involved really enjoyed the event and I believe this could possibly be an annual thing with all teams battling for supremacy to claim their name on the ultimate trophy – ‘The Tumba Flame’.

Mrs Drew expects heat two to be just as competitive as heat one.

“I feel heat 2 is going to really step up with teams trying to beat the benchmark set in heat 1,” she said.

“I think this will be a very close competition, which will go down to the wire.”

Mrs Drew praised the community for supporting the initiative. 

“The community response has been incredible and a massive thankyou needs to be given to all involved,” she said.

“It’s a tribute to the people of Tumbarumba with this small community coming together to help those affected by the fires, but also getting involved in a fun active day that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. 

“Most importantly, the money raised will definitely be appreciated coming into Christmas for those in need, or just to ease the financial burden.”

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