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Nic's winter swim challenge

  • Smashing targets...$12,000     2 July 2020
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    Hi Team,

    Well...we just keep smashing targets, we reached $12,000 this morning, I simply can't believe how generous and supportive you have all been, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I have been so inspired and motivated, I am still swimming until I go for surgery on Monday, and we are posting updates on the Winter Swim Challenge FaceBook page if you fancy following.

    Enjoy the rest of the week ahead, and I hope I may get the opportunity to thank many of you in person in the near future.

    Bestest,

    Nic

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  • Day 30 and we made the TV     30 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    It was a fabulous last day of the challenge today and we were joined by the amazing team from the Project, and it will air tonight on TV3 at 7...so do tune in for the full shenanigans and a recap of why we embarked on this fabulous challenge.

    It's rather sad it has come to an end, but maybe we have inspired others to do a winter swim challenge to support Kenzie's Gift and kiwi kids who are facing serious illness or grief.

    Are you brave enough to take the plunge?

    You might just surprise yourself and enjoy it.

    Aroha and love to you all...and I'll post one more update with the link to the TV segment in case you miss it x

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  • Let's celebrate....$10,000     30 June 2020
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    Well team...we done done it...we have reached our hairy audacious goal of raising $10,000 and it's rising...all to support young kiwis facing serious illness or grief.

    The support of you all has been absolutely outstanding...and we still have our final, special swim to go...with an update to follow shortly.

    Thank you all team, and I'll be back at you in a little bit with today's swim update x

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  • The penultimate goal...$9000     29 June 2020
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    Wow team...one more day to go and we have cracked another major milestone, $9000...how fantastic is this...

    I am simply lost for words by everyone's kindness, generosity and support in helping young kiwis facing serious illness or grief. This all makes a huge difference in enabling us to provide them with the one on one therapy with registered mental health professionals that they need.

    For that, we are eternally grateful.

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  • Day 29 and dodging the storm     29 June 2020
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    The storm clouds were looming today as we headed in for our penultimate swim of the winter swim challenge.

    Clare, Kate and Victoria joined us today and we are hoping for a few more nutters to join us for our special and final swim tomorrow.

    Update to come.

    See you all soon x

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  • Day 28 of the winter swim challenge     28 June 2020
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    Well, it was another drizzly day over here in Devonport, but we had an amazing turn out today, with Jenny, Jane, Kate, Chris, William, Elisa and Fi joining us for the winter swim.

    Big thank you too, to Sarah for the filming skills today.

    Can't believe we have only two more to go, it has been a blast, and I think we will keep swimming even after Tuesday.

    Back at you tomorrow.

    Huge thanks team for your awesome support.

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  • Take another bow...$8000     27 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    Well...we have reached another amazing milestone, we have cracked $8000 to support young kiwis facing serious illness or grief.

    I'm so blown away by everyone's kindness, generosity and support, we are truly well on our way to reaching our target of $10,000.

    As a reminder, here is a short video about the winter swim challenge.

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  • Day 27 of the winter swim challenge     27 June 2020
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    Well, the rain stayed away long enough for a good swim at Torpedo Bay in Devonport.

    I was joined today by a few new swimmers, Andrew, Liz and Anne. Sally had hoped to join in too, but is battling a cold, and she is hoping to join us on Monday.

    Hope your weekend is going well and be back at you soon with some more updates x

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  • A bracing morning on Day 26     26 June 2020
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    It was another chilly one this morning over at Devonport. I was joined by Jane, Cathy and Sam for a 9am dip at Torpedo Bay.

    Once we were in, we were not too quick in getting out...I think we are enjoying the numbing sensation a tad too much.

    Our porridge and cuppa tea was definitely the order of the morning to try and stop the post-swim shivers.

    We have a few new winter swimmers joining in the madness tomorrow at midday, really looking forward to having them join is.

    Back at you tomorrow x

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  • Day 25     25 June 2020
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    Well...there was a bit of trepidation this morning after the heavy rains last night about what the water quality would be like.

    Last Thursday, when we had torrential rain, there was a really strong aroma of sewage 🤢🤢🤢

    Thankfully, there was not a repeat of that today...

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  • $7000 and climbing     24 June 2020
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    Wow team...take a bow, what an amazing achievement with 6 more days to go...we might actually reach our hairy audacious goal of $10,000 to support young kiwis facing serious illness or grief.

    Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, it has been one hell of a ride, and here is to the next few days of swimming in torrential rain (according to the forecast) x

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  • A rather cold day 24     24 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    It was an early start this morning and it was a chilly and windy one this morning at Torpedo Bay in Devonport.

    Must admit...not really looking forward to tomorrow's dip as the forecast is completely pants...but brave it we will :-)

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  • Whoop Whoop...$6000      23 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    Second update for the day and a big shout out to all of you...we have cracked $6000 this evening.

    I am so humbled by all of the support and love you have shared over the past three weeks with this challenge.

    I'd like to share with you a message from one of our young ambassadors, Becca, who lost her mum a few years ago and had support from Kenzie's Gift...and this sums up how important your support is in the lives of young kiwis facing grief.

    Rebecca’s story

    Rebecca was just 2 years old when her mum Emma was diagnosed with leukaemia. When she was 7, her mum finally lost her battle with leukaemia.

    Here 14-year-old Rebecca explains in her own words why she believes Kenzie’s Gift is so vitally important to the lives of children in New Zealand learning to live with grief.

    “My mother, Emma Ball, was a paediatrician. She worked with children who had kidney disease.

    When I was 2 years old my mum took the family to Australia so that she could study to become a specialist. It was there that she first developed leukaemia. I was only a toddler, so I have no memory of my mum when she was well. Many of my earliest memories were populated by hospital visits and trips to the intensive care unit. It was a life that was full of fear and sadness but also great love.

    My mum seized every opportunity to let me know how much she loved me. Although my parents did their best to shield me from my mother’s illness and attendant fears it was always there. I believe that it shaped my early childhood and in many ways who I am today.

    I was seven years old when my mother finally lost her battle with leukaemia. Now this seems a whole lifetime ago. Many of the details have faded and with it some of the pain but there are scars that remain.

    One thing which I have not forgotten is the great support that I received from the psychotherapist that Kenzie’s Gift found for me. They arranged for me to see Lorna before my mum died and continued to support the sessions for me long after my mum had gone. I can’t say what made the difference. I do not know what words were said, or what strategies were used to help me heal.

    I can tell you that it took a long time and it took months of counselling. I am told that I was a very sad and quiet child and it took a long time for me to open up. They say that time is a healer, but it is not time, it is the people that populate that time that help you to recover. Time itself only numbs the pain.

    It was Kenzie’s Gift that found me the right person, it was Kenzie’s Gift who paid for her time. I am certain that I would not be the person I am today without them.

    Thinking about my experience, I’ve written a message to #DearGrief .

    Dear Grief,

    I know that many people see you as un unwelcome guest, an ill wind that blows through their life. I don’t see you that way. I see you as a price that must paid for loving someone greatly.

    Victor Hugo observed that ‘to love another person is to see the face of god’. I know that my mother loved me with all her heart and all her soul as only a mother can. I in turn loved my mother with a simple uncomplicated love of a child. Although I didn’t spend as much time with her as I would have liked, I know that I was loved and that I do not regret the price I paid.

    I am so grateful to Nic and the rest of the team at Kenzie’s Gift.

    The Māori have a proverb which I think is particularly poignant:

    He aha te mea nui o te ao

    What is the most important thing in the world?

    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

    It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”

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  • Day 23 and we made the news....     23 June 2020
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    It was another glorious winter's day in Auckland today (before the rains come at the end of the week)...and Cathy and Kate joined me again this morning...this winter swimming is getting rather addictive.

    Hannah Martin from Stuff has also written an amazing article today about our story and the winter swim challenge, and you can check it out here:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/300037088/battling-parkinsons-cancer-and-grief-to-live-the-fullest-life-possible?fbclid=IwAR2nbU-wShE2zBRffa-RBTdfQ2MJQhH01DqE9-qcfgHb4RraZBCrhOw2ecE

    As always, thanks so much to each of you for your amazing support along this journey, every bit of support means so much to me. Knowing our combined efforts are making a difference to the lives of young kiwis living with serious illness or grief, keeps me going.

    Back at you tomorrow for day 24...

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  • Day 22 of the winter swim challenge     22 June 2020
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    It was a glorious morning today at Cheltenham Beach and I was joined again by the wonderful Cathy, Kate and Victoria.

    This has been a lovely unintended consequence of the swim challenge, having amazing people come and join in, and I have been loving the social connection with so many wonderful people. Everyone has really inspired me, and after COVID, it has been amazing to experience humanity at its finest.

    Thanks so much everyone.

    Bestest,

    Nic

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  • Day 21- mid winter swim     21 June 2020
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    We had a great turnout today for the mid-winter swim at Narrow Neck Beach and it was lovely to be invited along by the Sunday morning Devonport Swimmers to tag along with their regular morning swim.

    The water is getting colder as the month goes on and it has reached a rather bracing 14 degrees now.

    Having a wonderful team of supporters joining in all this madness is making it a lot of fun, and it's been a lovely way to connect and reconnect with new friends and old x.

    Thanks so much team to you all for making this challenge the success it is. It means so much more than you will ever know.

    Bestest,

    Nic

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  • We've cracked the $5,000 in donations     20 June 2020
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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    What more can I say...20 days in and we have cracked $5k...the support of all of you has been amazing in helping the young kiwis Kenzie's Gift supports learn to live with grief.

    I think this Maori Proverb says it all:

    He aha te mea nui o te ao

    What is the most important thing in the world?

    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

    it is the people, it is the people, it is the people

    Thank you all so much.

    And here is to the final 10 days, and wouldn't it be great if we could break $10k by the 30th...so please continue to share far and wide.

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  • Day 20 of the winter swim challenge     20 June 2020
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    It was a sunny and windy down at Takapuna Beach this morning with the amazing Saturday morning toilet blockers swim crew who were all bracing themselves for their mid-winter (togs only) swim.

    Thanks so much to all of you for having me along as your guest, it was great to meet you all x

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  • Day 19     19 June 2020
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    Would you believe it, the sun comes out and then there was 2 of us...

    A day of torrential rain yesterday saw a group of us swimming nuts don our togs and get into the storm water filled ocean (the less said about that the better)...there has been no reports of upset stomachs today, so that must be a good sign tehe.

    Tomorrow, I am with a fab team of swimmers at Takapuna, and on Sunday, for mid-winter, with another wonderful group of peeps at Narrow Neck.

    Thanks all for the continued words of encouragement and support.

    Bestest,

    Nic

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  • Day 18 was PANTS     18 June 2020
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    Today was the worst day ever...completely pants...we were swimming in torrential rain and the sea was not pleasant...I dread to think what had washed into it.

    Even with all of that, the fabulous Jane, Nicky, Jenny, Anne, Kate and Victoria joined in on the madness.

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  • Day 17 of the winter swim challenge     17 June 2020
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    It was another glorious, if not somewhat, brisk, day on the Waitemata Harbour today. I was joined by the fabulous Kate, Anne and Victoria, and while the water is getting colder, our enthusiasm is not cooling tehe.

    Thanks everyone for the ongoing support.

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  • The challenge has reached Ireland     16 June 2020
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    The challenge has travelled across the miles and my gorgeous friend Jill has braced the cold waters of the Irish Sea (all of 12 degrees in spring) in support of our swim challenge down here.

    Thanks so much Jill for embracing the challenge and for the support.

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  • Day 16...14 more to go     16 June 2020
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    A bit of a wintry day today...on the plus side, there was no rain, but the forecast is looking a tad pants, so we might have to be pulling on our big girls pants the rest of the week...

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  • We've reached $4000     15 June 2020
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    Wow...what can I say everyone...a massive big thank you.

    We are at the mid-way mark of the 30-day winter swim challenge and we have just broken the $4000 mark in the fundraising drive.

    This is what keeps me motivated, knowing the difference this money makes for the young kiwis we support with one on one therapy.

    Thank you all so much for helping us support young kiwis facing serious illness or grief.

    Bestest,

    Nic

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  • The mid-way mark     15 June 2020
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    Hi Team

    Well, the sun was out today which made for a better mind-set when it came to the swim. I was joined by the fabulous Jenny, Jill, Victoria and Kate today, and it was bliss x

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  • Day 14     14 June 2020
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    Today was a toughie...it was windy and cold...but I keep reminding myself why I am doing it...for the young kiwis that Kenzie's Gift supports, and they need the help more than ever right now.

    Thank you all for your continued support too, it motivates me along x

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  • Day 13 of the winter swim challenge     13 June 2020
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    And then there was 5...fabulous to have the amazing support of friends coming to join us in the challenge each day x

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  • Swim 2 Day 12     13 June 2020
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    And here is the proof of the complete madness of 2 winter swims in one day...and the water temperature is a rather cool 15 degrees...

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  • Day 12     13 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    Well, we had two firsts today...

    Four gorgeous friends joined me today...

    Kate, Jane and Jenny for swim 1 of the day and then...Nicky for SWIM 2...

    That's right, 2 winter swims in one day...brrrrrrrrr

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  • Day 11 of the winter swim challenge     11 June 2020
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    Winter is being very kind to us at the moment, with glorious, sunny (yet brisk) winter days.

    The water temp is definitely getting cooler, but our motivation is still hotting up :-)

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  • Whoop Whoop, $3000 raised so far     10 June 2020
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    A huge big thank you to all of you who have gotten behind this challenge and supported my endeavours to raise money for the young kiwis and their families that Kenzie's Gift supports.

    Your help means so much more than you know x

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  • Day 10 of the winter swim challenge     10 June 2020
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    It was another glorious morning at Cheltenham Beach this morning and I was joined by the ever so fabulous Ann O'Callaghan. The sun was out and the water was...well...rather brisk x

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  • Day 9 of the winter swim challenge     9 June 2020
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    Well, today I was up with the fabulous Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series Team, Scott, Tash and Rebecca in Orewa for a dip and dash.

    It was great to catch up with them all and to swim in a different locale for a change. Check out the vid...

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  • Week 2 and a major milestone     8 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    As we start week 2, I'd just like to say a huge big shout out to you all who have supported us, we have managed to raise over $2,000 in a week...all thanks to you.

    This makes such a difference to the young kiwis we help, in enabling them to have one on one therapy with our registered mental health professionals.

    So here is to another fab week of winter swimming to ensure no young kiwi has to face serious illness or grief alone.

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  • Day 7 in paradise     7 June 2020
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    Hi Team,

    It was a cold morning this morning, rather brrrrrrrrrr, but the sea was calm and crystal clear.

    Home now with a nice hot cuppa warming up.

    Catch you all tomorrow.

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  • Day 6     6 June 2020
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    It was a glorious morning at Cheltenham Beach this morning and the ocean was like a millpond. It was good for the soul today x

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  • Day 5 of the 30 day winter swim challenge     5 June 2020
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    Well, it was a first today, the rain came out to play this evening, but it didn't dampen our spirits (😉). It was still invigorating and fun. Tomorrow will be an early morning dip due to the tides- this was a late one today. See you all again tomorrow :-)

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  • Day 4 of the Winter Swim Challenge     4 June 2020
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    Day 4 of 30 done and dusted, and boy oh boy, was the sea breathtaking today. It was fab to be joined again by Jane...anyone else keen to come have a dip with me?

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  • Winter Swim Challenge Day 3     3 June 2020
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    Oh boy...it was brrrrrrr today....the big yellow thing in the sky was replaced by clouds and a bit of rain.

    It's alright once you're in...its the warming up part after that is a tad tough.

    So 3 down and 27 more to go...I'll keep her lit as they say in Ireland :-)

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  • Day 2 of the Kenzie's Gift Winter Swim Challenge     2 June 2020
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    Fantastic day today and I was joined by the fabulous Jane. The water was invigorating and well worth the dip.

    We are bracing ourselves for the more challenging days when the winter sun decides to hide, but we are enjoying it for now x

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