There are a number of ways you can use your breath4CF:
These have been some of the inspirational people and groups that have put their hand up to help Breath4CF:
Paul Riedel ran every day:
Paul Riedel vowed to run EVERY DAY of 2016 and incredibly managed to achieve his goal.
Paul of Taupo raised almost $4000 to help people with CF during the year – as well as keeping incredibly fit by running an average of 5km every day – often around Lake Taupo.
Admittedly some days going for a run was the last thing Paul felt like, but the thought of the struggle that people with CF face spurred him on. “Some people ask me, ‘Why don’t you have a day off?’ But people with CF don’t get a day off,” he said.
Paul raised runs by creating an Everyday Hero fundraising page and also used his Run365 Facebook page to promote the CF cause.
“I enjoy getting out on my MTB whenever I can & in particular enjoy long distance endurance events. I’ve competed in the Cateye Moonride 24 MTB ride as a solo competitor. Most competitors do this event as teams of 4-6, but every year there’s a few nutters who like to go solo.
I use this effort as a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis in memory of my sister (Deborah) who passed away in 1992. I was fortunate that my employer BP NZ matched every donation dollar for dollar. The Employee Matching Fund provides grants recognizing employee gifts, volunteer time and participation in sponsored pledge events.”
Taking his employer’s contribution into account David was able to raise over $5000, and he’s thanked his “long suffering wife & support crew” and we offer David a sincere thank you as well.
“Our friend Ryan Hamilton lived with the daily affects of CF his whole life and finally lost his battle shortly after celebrating his 21st birthday in August 2012.
Following Ryan’s passing, a group of 25 of his friends and family came together wanting to create greater awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand (CFNZ) which works to create awareness, fund research and provide financial and emotional support to those families who struggle with constant care involved with this condition.
We decided what better way to do so than to use our precious breath, to run and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis community and to run for Ryan.
Our team of 25 comprised of supporters as well as full, half and relay marathon runners, all registered to run in the Buller Gorge Marathon in 2013 and we are grateful to everyone who helped us raise this remarkable total of $8000 for CFNZ.”
Peter began fundraising for Breath4CF 10 years ago. Here is an excerpt taken from Peter’s first Fundraise Online page back in 2008…“Thank you to everyone who assisted in my Cystic Fibrosis Ironman Challenge. While the Ironman has now been completed, you can still support my Ironman Challenge. The first goal was to finish Ironman New Zealand in 2008. For those unfamiliar with Ironman, this event is made up of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a marathon (42.2km) to finish. The event has to be completed within 17 Hours. It is the mother of all triathlons!! This is and was my mid-life crisis! The second part is to raise as much money as possible for Ironman 2008’s official charity – Breath4CF or Cystic Fibrosis. The goal was to raise over $20,000, so I had set a rather ambitious target of $25,000. Well as you will read this goal was blown out of the water thanks to the amazing support I received! Why did I do this? Well, there were a number of reasons. Firstly I was incredibly inspired by the stories of two remarkable individuals, Tracey Richardson and Aaron Fleming. Tracey’s story is incredible. Many Ironman athletes have used her story as an inspiration. I’m not the first and I am sure I will not be the last. Tracey’s story can be found in her book (Tracey Richardson – Going the Distance by Random House) and on the Breath4CF web pages. Aaron Fleming’s story is also amazing. In 2006 my family and I went to watch the Ironman in Taupo as my sister in law’s partner (Andrew) and another friend (Jeff) were competing. While we were standing along the famous Broadlands Rd, we came across a group of supporters who were cheering for this guy called Aaron. We soon found out his amazing story of hardship and how he had set a goal to compete in Ironman. Not only has Aaron raised a huge amount of money for CF he has now finished several Ironman events. I have had a truly amazing life so far. I have not suffered any real hardship and have been very blessed. I have a fabulous family with a wonderful wife and two great kids. I have a super job and basically can’t complain. Having watched Ironman in person I was inspired in early 2006, to become fit again and stop finding excuses to not exercise. In early 2006 a few friends and I all set a goal to do the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman in January 2007. After a fair amount of training and some build up events I managed to complete this in a respectable 5:32. In the process I lost 17kgs. Having completed this challenge, I felt I wanted to do something more. So, after a fair bit of thought I committed myself to doing Ironman NZ in March 2008. I got myself a coach trained hard. The second part of the challenge was to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis through this Ironman campaign. CF is a debilitating disease that effects the lung function of sufferers. Exercise is unanimously regarded as the best way to have a reasonable quality of life, health and longevity. Well on March 1, 2008 I did it! I completed the Ironman in 11hrs21 minutes, more than one hour under my original goal of 12Hrs30. The day was incredible and one I will never forget! The race went completely to plan and while the run hurt (and it really hurt) the rest of the day went pretty smoothly. While the weather was bad with strong winds and rain the 20 or so people in Team Tinholt T-Shirts and the 1000’s of people cheering on the side made it a day I will never forget. To top it off several days before the event Tauranga’s Legacy Trust donated a massive $10,000 to my campaign. The total is now in excess of $36,000!! Finishing the Ironman was an amazing experience. Having been able to raise so much money for CF has been a genuine privilege which has been one of the most rewarding things I have been able to do. At the Prize Giving dinner I was presented with the Highest NZ and Southern Hemisphere fundraiser prizes. The prize was a Trip to the Lake Placid Ironman in New York State and a new road bike from Avanti Cycles. What a way to top off an amazing experience! Thanks to everyone for their support!!! The journey continues…….
Since this wondrous start Peter has continued his support of Breath4CF. For several years afterwards he competed in Ironman NZ to support Breath4CF and passed the $89,000 mark in his amazing fundraising efforts. His personal goal is to raise $100,000 for the New Zealand CF community and with Peter’s incredible drive we are certain he’ll make it.