The guides at Active Adventures would normally be working flat out guiding visitors around beautiful Aotearoa on small group adventures. "But because we can’t currently give them enough work, they’ve put their efforts into giving back instead," says CEO Wendy van Lieshout.
"We’re incredibly humbled by the efforts of some amazing individual #TiakiChampions from our guiding team. This level of selflessness goes so much further than company contributions. We’re so incredibly proud to be associated with these amazingly giving individuals and we can’t wait to welcome them back to guiding for Active Adventures!"
Examples of the team's incredible community contributions include:
- Emily Stonehouse – rode from Bluff to Cape Reinga, approx. 2300km, to raise money for Mental Health Foundation. $1,398 raised.
- Pim Greven – hiked the South Island leg of Te Araroa. 1300km hiking in 60 days, 40,000m of vertical gain, and over $5000 raised for St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance.
- Lauren Alexander – is participating in running events in scuba gear to raise money for ocean conservation. $1,479 raised to date.
- Dan Keys – has set up Covid relief parcels for families in Nepal, where he would normally be guiding for Active Adventures. $17,415 raised to date.
- Liana Smith - is completing the Triple Crown of Ultra Marathon Swims in NZ, having swum Lake Taupo and the Cook Straight already this year with Foveaux Strait to come. All of this to raise money for youth mental health with $7994 raised to date and still going.
- Melissa McArtney – climbed a bunch of mountains (17,732 metres elevation which is just over 2 x Mt. Everest!) to also raise funds for our dear friends in Nepal. $1167 raised.
- Lucy Pringle – organised her third annual ‘Lemon Charity Ball’, held in Wellington in July to raise $3,123 for The Common Unity Project.