Toughest foot race on the planet - Marathon des Sables

$10,760 of $10,000 goal
Given by 52 generous donors in around 6 months

Running 250 km across the Sahara Desert for NZ Flying Doctors Service


Raising awareness and funds for NZ Flying Doctors Service - who support the medical services in remote and isolated areas of the South Island. All medical transfers are critical, and the NZ Flying Doctors provide this essential service to save lives and get better patient outcomes.

By running 250km over 5 days through the Sahara Desert in temperatures ranging from -1 to +50 degrees, I aim to support this critical service. This run itself will be a challenge in extreme conditions, where I am required to carry all my belongings, including food, throughout the race.

I invite you to follow my journey via my instagram @davidcartwright20 (link below) and support my charity through this page.

Read more

Latest update

Closing date extended   24 May 2023

thank you to everyone who has contributed - I have been asked to defer the closing date

Share this update

Read 1 more update

Read more

Latest donations

Sam on 06 Jun 2023
You crazy fool.
David Cartwright

Thanks Sam - gutted I didnt finish but heading back in 2025. Hope all is well with you. Cheers David

David Cartwright
Dave on 24 May 2023
Great effort David. An enormous challenge
Charlotte on 02 May 2023
Very impressed by those sore feet photos. In complete admiration of you.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 30 Apr 2023
You’re a frikkin super star. Well done! Thank goodness for an eleven month reprieve before the countdown to the next MDS
Olivier on 25 Apr 2023
Keep running, you are doing so well mate! Greats memories to share later, can’t wait to hear all about them! Well done again, stay strong all the way! Olivier - bib 609 MDS2017
Page Moderated
The page has been checked by our team to make sure it complies with our terms and conditions.


Any concerns?

Report this page
This campaign started on 7 Jan 2023 and ended on 30 Jun 2023.