14 Aug Please support Michael Coley 333×3 Challenge
My name is Michael Coley
I live in Grey Lynn Auckland with my 17 year old daughter Ruby and 2 year old Golden Retriever Kubo.
Supported….after recovering from Kidney Cancer myself in 2013 and subsequently watching my amazing Mum battle with an unrelated Kidney Illness and going through dialysis, I thought it was really important to try and find a way to help @kidneykidsnz in any way I could to support NZ children suffering with Kidney illness. It was tough going through Kidney illness as an adult and think it must be incredibly tough for children and their families to have to deal with this.
Motivated….Back in mid 2015 I started a fundraising effort 333×3 and took on running up and down my favourite place to run, Maungawhau Mt Eden – 999 times in 333 days (3 times a day for 333 days!).
Every time I went up Maungawhau I put $3.00 in my fundraising account. The journey took a little longer than expected due to some unforeseen injury/illness breaks but eventually got through 1000 plus laps – that’s over 2000km! I was joined by an amazing friend Steve Lowe who also ran lots of laps keeping me company
Rewarded….Due to our very generous families, friends and a wide group of the community donating as we went, that effort collectively raised over $20,000 for Kidney Kids.
Committed….Five Years on I’m celebrating that effort and trying to raise some more profile and money for Kidney Kids New Zealand. It’s a very challenging time on the planet for all of us, but especially for the immunocompromised in our communities. Charities that support the people suffering ongoing health issues rely on significant donations from the public to survive and at this time, more than ever, we need to stand by them.
In July 2020 I ran a commemorative 33 days worth of laps on Maungawhau for a total of 99 laps and donated $5.00 per lap to celebrate #333x3fiveyearson Also did a mini duathlon one day of riding and running laps to add a bit of extra cash, $600 odd in July – clearly a drop in the ocean, so time to get serious!
I’m now taking a selection of the iPhone photographs of the amazing Maungawhau and views of Auckland I took on my 333×3 journey 5 years ago, framing them up and auctioning them off to raise some more for @Kidneykidsnz.
You can own your piece of the effort to have on your wall at home by bidding on the 333×3 auction – There are 33 small, 3 medium and 3 large framed photographic prints to try and win at the auction!
All the funds raised from the sale of these prints will go to Kidney Kids NZ to help with the amazing work they do with the Kidney Kids families.
You can visit my Instagram @michaelcoley_nz to have a look at the progress and get all the detail on the Auction and then share with as many people as possible please! #333x3fiveyearson #mountainsaremadetoclimb