Marine reach is voluntary organization where medical ships serve and support the isolated communities of the South PacificCanterbury
Thank you so much for supporting me throughout my training leading up to, and the day of, Tarawera's, 50km ultra-marathon November 2017 and the 12 days of Christmas virtual charity run - running 200km over 12 days. Now in 2018 I hope to continue with my fund raising effects for Marine Reach by entering and racing the 17km Arrowsmith mountain race with 1182 total elevation, 20km Oparara Wildness Trail Race in the beautiful Kahurangi National park, 26km Captain Cooks Landing in the Queen Charlotte Sounds with the 60km Kepler being the major goal for the year - all while wearing a traditional island (Aelan) dress. Marine Reach are a organization whose ships (and medical/dentistry clinic, offering free services to the Ni-Van people in Port Vila, Efate) serve the isolated communities of the South Pacific as well as those in PNG and Panama - where dentists, doctors, nurses, OTs and physios and ophthalmologists, provide care and medical assistance
Raechel Keepa's involvement (page creator)
After returning from West Santo, Vanuatu, late last year I am reminded of the men, women (in their long flowing "Mama" dresses) and children from surrounding villages who would walk up to 4-5 hours over mountainous Santo to seek medical assistance after hearing of "Pacific Hopes" arrival.
So just as the Ni Van women walked many kms in long, challenging attire, I will be supporting them by running the 50km Tarawera and future races in my dress (gifted to me last year in Erromango, Vanuatu)
Use of funds
"Pacific Hope" is one of Marine Reaches medical ships that transports crew and medical staff to the isolated communities of the South Pacific and now is supporting the communities of Panama after the latest devastating cyclone. Fuel is the greatest expense and with funds I hope to raise will enable Marine Reach the opportunity to help communities in the South Pacific and further afield
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Thank you so much for your ongoing support over the last 3 years while I continue to fund raise for Marine Reach and the Family Care Centre in Port Villa - A inexpensive medical, dental, midwifery clinic and training centre. From running my first race, the Tarawera 50km in 2017, continuing throughout 2019 with my fund raising entering and racing events including the 20km Oparara Wildness Trail Race in the beautiful Kahurangi National park, Blue Lakes 24hr Challenge, 30km Crater Rim Challenge and the 60km Kepler - all while wearing a traditional island (Aelan) dress. For 2020 I hope to challenge myself a tad more by running the Tarawera's 102km trail race in Febuary and the Routeburn in the beautiful Fiordland. Recently I have returned from Papua New Guinea, volunteering with the Primary Health Team with YWAM/Marine Reach, organizations whose ships offer free medical /dentistry /ophthalmology services to the isolated communities of the South Pacific - where dentists, doctors, nurses, OTs and physios and ophthalmologists, volunteer their time,providing care and medical assistance.
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