Tamarind Tough Kid Challenge continues in South Taranaki, for its eighth year!

The goal is simple, “to get kids more active more often” and Friday 29th November at Hawera AMP Showgrounds saw exactly that.


As youth is a key focus area for the Rapid Relief team, Hawera Team Leader Carl Prestidge was invigorated to support in every way he could. Along with physical activity, these kids also need good nutrition to help keep them energised for the day.

The event involved year 5-8 students from schools all over Taranaki taking on a giant obstacle course. This super fun event sees the kids climb over, under and through all sorts of obstacles, including cargo net crawl, tunnels, tyre pit, truck jump, hill hurdles, scaffold tower, stairs and more, all generously donated by local businesses.

The spider web obstacle

They then dunk themselves in water tanks and are sprayed by
the fire brigade as they race down, what promises to be, the favourite obstacle
of the day – the super slippery slide.

The favourite obstacle on a hot day – the water slide

But wait, there’s more!

A ‘hum’ of excitement…. whats in store next?!

The Taranaki Rapid Relief team was also on board to ensure every child was well fed during the day.  Over 45 volunteers served a delicious range of healthy food to over 1,800 students and teachers at no cost. The best part, without a doubt was seeing the gratitude and beaming smiles on the faces of the students as they were served their meals. Perhaps one of the most memorable days for students and RRT volunteers alike!

A team effort! Bring on Tough Kids 2020.

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