Best Mates Challenge - A 102km Ultramarathon - Raising Money to Save Lives

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Challenges category by Mal Winnie

$6,153 donated
Given by 86 generous donors in 9 weeks

Two best mates are attempting to run a 102km ultramarathon to raise money for Breast Cancer NZ and The Mental Health Foundation.


We are two best mates wanting to raise money for two important causes, which are The Breast Cancer Foundation & The Mental Health Foundation.

The "Best Mates Challenge" grew out of a conversation between two best mates (go-figure) back in April of 2020. What started with a conversation around training for a marathon together soon grew into something much bigger. A 102km ultramarathon and at the same time raise money and give back.

Over the years Barney and Mal have been on many adventures in the outdoors together but have attempted nothing as challenging as this as a one off event.

Why these Charities?

Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer is the number 1 cancer in women in NZ. 9 women are diagnosed a day in NZ and around 3300 women are diagnosed every year. We lose 600+ people to this cancer every year. With increased awareness and more screening available the survival rate is significantly higher.

Mental Health Foundation

It’s been a difficult year for many Kiwis and as a result many people are in need of mental health support. Mental health struggles are extremely common and are continuing to rise. According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 5 Kiwis will face a mental health challenge this year alone and 1 in 2 Kiwis will face mental health challenges in their lifetime. That could be ourselves or a loved one.

Help Us Help These Charities

Mal Winnie's involvement (page creator)

Both of these NZ beneficiaries mean a lot to us. They are doing amazing work and saving lives everyday.

Latest donations

Dilani on 18 Feb 2021
Pamela on 15 Feb 2021
Deirdre on 15 Feb 2021
From All the yogis that attended your Yoga class last Sunday. Our 90min yoga class pales in comparison to what you achieved. Awesome job Mal.
Garry & Chris
Garry & Chris on 15 Feb 2021
Well done mal and Richard it was an awesome achievement from both of you glad I could be there to support and share with you. Chris Epic effort mate proud of both of you cheers Garry
Anna on 15 Feb 2021
nice one guys

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Created by Mal Winnie
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This page was created on 17 Dec 2020 and closed on 20 Feb 2021.
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