Weird Wonderful Brain Following Encephalitis

$825 of $1,500 goal
Given by 14 generous donors in 12 weeks

Fundraising for Brain Injury Association Northland Inc


In August 2017, my life changed in an instant when I became ill to a viral brain infection called meningo-encephalitis which subsequently resulted in an acquired brain injury.

Four years on, the recovery is still ongoing and life keeps throwing additional challenges due to the residual effects that this viral brain inflammation left on its way. Sport used to be one of my dearest passion and although I can't exercise or compete to the same levels that I used to, I still get a lot of benefit from exercising. In the last few years, a group of friends has been supporting me in achieving new sporting challenges...adventure racing being one of them.

Although I thought I had retired my adventure race bid for a while after last year's mega adventure race challenge, an opportunity recently came up to join a team in 2022. The passion and the adventure race fever was too great for me not to join. It will be a slightly new adventure race challenge for me, a new team captain and a few new adventure race buddies which I'm getting very excited about already. On March 12th 2022, we will be part taking to the Wander Women Adventure Race held in Russell, NZ.

We will be wearing proudly the Encephalitis Society singlets once again, but we will be fundraising for a local charity this time around that does amazing work in supporting people living with a brain injury. Having developed a close relationship with this charitable organisation over the past year or so, a contribution to Brain Injury Association Northland would mean the world to me. I know the donations will go on to provide support, advocacy and education in order to promote a quality life that maximises the potential, choice and independence for people affected by brain injury and their family/Whanau.

Thanking you in advance for your support. Updates on our training can be viewed on my Weird Wonderful Brain Facebook page, follow us to see what we are getting up to.

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Adventure race successfully completed  14 March 2022

Thank you so much for all the generous donation that have trickled in since my last update. They will go a long way to help Brain Injury Association Northland in delivering services to people affected by brain injury and their family.

It's been a few busy week here with March being Brain Injury Awareness Month. Our team "Insane Bolts" completed the adventure race this past weekend. It was a very challenging course, but we pushed through and ended up crossing the finish line in 3rd position. Massive achievement and needless to say that we were all pretty proud of how we've tackle this enormous challenge.

The Attitude filming crew was filming us prior, during and after the race from literally all angles. The episode should be released later this year and I'll post another update when it does.

Once again, a massive thank you for your contribution!


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Kirstie on 19 Mar 2022
Kay on 14 Mar 2022
A wonderful effort.
Claire on 14 Mar 2022
Catherine on 13 Mar 2022
So inspiring Vero. Keep up the good work!
Deborah on 13 Mar 2022
What an incredible achievement! And what a team! Congratulations ladies!
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This campaign started on 21 Dec 2021 and ended on 21 Mar 2022.