Three Hamilton Wanderers players are on track to complete their herculean mission of climbing Mt Maunganui 38 times in 24 hours during Labour Weekend — and all for a good cause.
As night started to fall on Sunday, the trio had passed a third of their climbing target which is the equivalent in height to reaching the summit of Mt Everest.
Xavier Pratt, Aaron Bayliss and Brock Messenger aim to walk to the summit and back to ground level every 37 minutes, all in an effort to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.
By 8.45pm on Sunday, the trio had raised $10,347 through their Givealittle page but were hoping their efforts would attract more donations from the football community.
By mid-afternoon on Monday, the figure had reached $12,315.
By 8am on Tuesday, $13,457 had been raised.
On the page, the trio say: “Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in New Zealand. Every one of us has been affected in some way, losing loved ones to suicide, friends/family with depression or having poor mental health in general.”
“Please feel free to share this post also so we can reach as many people as possible!”
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