At the Heart Stopper Challenge at Forsyth Barr Stadium on
Saturday are Team Rainbow members (from left) Peter Claman
(22), Fiona Sinclair (22), Jenn Bloemsaat (23), Gemma
Strafton (29), Kate Reid (23) and Laura McCambridge (23).
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Hardy souls braved bathing in tanks of icy water for at
least five minutes for the Heart Stopper Challenge at Forsyth
Barr Stadium on Saturday.
Family Support volunteer Mel Ryall said 75 people raised
$5400 to help support children with heart defects through
There were 180 Dunedin families who had children with heart
defects, she said.
The children suffered from a range of defects which ranged
from ''from a hole in the heart to what my 1-year-old son
Charlie has got, which is a severe hypoplastic left-heart
syndrome, which is pretty much half a heart'', Mrs Ryall
The Dunedin event was the third of 10 nationwide and $37,000
had been raised collectively so far.
Accident Compensation Corporation staff member Gemma
Strafton, of Dunedin, said she enjoyed the crisp polar
''It's five minutes for a good cause.''