Glenn Marvin. Photo supplied.
The Queenstown man aiming to raise both funds for a
Nepalese orphanage and the Wakatipu profile in Auckland while
preparing to compete in the world's most demanding marathon
says he is ecstatic the first tourism operator has answered his
appeal for help after the Queenstown Times told his story last
Queenstown-raised Glenn Marvin, now working in Auckland, is
training hard and entering marathons in New Zealand and
Australia ahead of competing in the gruelling 42km
high-altitude Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon on May 29.
Inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary, the 35-year-old company
general manager is looking to generate $20,000 to keep the
Orphan Help Centre in Kathmandu operational for another year
and provide running shoes for Nepalese long-distance runners
aspiring to compete internationally.
Mr Marvin is organising a charity gala at the College Rifles
Sports Complex, in Remuera, on September 13 for about 300
He said it was an opportunity for Southern Lakes tourism
operators to promote themselves to Auckland's moneyed set,
while contributing to a worthy cause by donating
accommodation or activity packages as auction prizes.
The Hermitage Hotel contacted Glenn Marvin to contribute to
his charity drive the day his story was published.
The luxury accommodation provider has donated two prize
One prize is a gift certificate for one night's accommodation
with dinner and breakfast in the Alpine Restaurant for two
people and entry to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Second prize is two passes on the Glacier Explorers boat
"Glenn's cause is very dear to our hearts as we're involved
in Sir Edmund's Himalayan Trust, the new Sir Edmund Hillary
Centre is located at Mount Cook and we've had a strong
Nepalese community at Mount Cook over the years," Hermitage
spokeswoman Jenny Andrews said.
Mr Marvin said the Hermitage Hotel "have been fantastic
supporters of causes I've raised funds for in the past, like
the Temuka Community Centre.
I challenge other hotels, activity providers and
organisations to show their community spirit and willingness
to promote Queenstown to people with deep pockets at the
"If their business is worth promoting, we're happy to provide
Mr Marvin said Aucklanders still viewed Queenstown as a ski
resort and not a year-round destination.
Wakatipu operators donating eye-catching packages for
fundraising auction would go some way to change the
perception, he said.
Supporting businesses and organisations will be linked from
his blog, which he has created to track his progress towards