Gym members dig deep for family


Participants in the Saints Functional Fitness Gym fundraiser for the Battersby family. Photo:...
Participants in the Saints Functional Fitness Gym fundraiser for the Battersby family. Photo: Brendan Holt, display photo and video
The Rangiora community has rallied to show love and support for terminal cancer patient Kylie Cameron-Battersby, her husband Karl Battersby and their three young daughters.

A giant fundraiser was organised for the Rangiora family by brothers Aaron and Ashley McConville, owners of Saints Functional Fitness Gym in Kingsford Smith Drive in Rangiora, where the event was held on Sunday, October 20. When the brothers heard about Kylie, whose husband Karl and sister-in-law Rachael Henderson are members of the gym, they wanted to do something to help.

They organised the fundraiser through their Facebook page, telling followers that: ''Kylie has been at war with cancer for eight years now. Unfortunately it has now entered the terminal stage. So this is how we are going to help.''

The brothers organised a team challenge for the day, with each team completing 18 unique fitness/team building/problem-solving stations to collect points.

Each team member donated anything they could to enter the event and all the money raised was donated to Kylie and Karl.

The brothers got a huge response, with a large crowd taking part.

A family-style barbecue was held for those who participated, as well as their supporters, and nearly $8000 was raised for Kylie, Karl and their daughters.

''It was such an amazing day to be part of,'' Rachael says. ''It was so humbling because it was really about love and support. Aaron and Ash are amazing people.''

Karl, who is a member of the gym's ''5am crew'', says the fundraiser was overwhelming for him, Kylie and their girls.

''But at the same time it couldn't have been better. It was awesome. A massive thanks to the whole Saints community, the Rangiora community and Ash and Aaron for doing what you have done.''






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