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About the 7 Day Challenge

On Wednesday 1 November 2017 an ambitious group of people will take on an extraordinary challenge tracking 700km on foot, tandem bikes, kayaks and Waka Ama from Mt Maunganui to Wellington.

Organised by the Blind Foundation, the second annual 7 Day Challenge gives an opportunity for seven of the organisation’s clients to push their own boundaries of their passions and capabilities.

The Blind Foundation’s vision is for its clients, who are blind or have low vision, to live a ‘life without limits’ and the 7 Day Challenge demonstrates what this can mean in the most physically demanding sense.

In the words of David Piper, a participant in this year’s challenge: “Just because I can’t see the stars, doesn’t mean I can’t reach for them.”

The organisation hopes the event will inspire others to achieve their personal challenges by showing what is possible with determination and a courageous attitude.

The Blind Foundation has a long history of people who are blind or have low vision achieving remarkable pursuits. The 7 Day Challenge bears similarities to a journey made by New Zealander Clutha Mackenzie in 1921, who had lost his sight at age 20 during WWI. He rode over 700 miles on horseback fundraising for the welfare of people who were blind or had low vision. MacKenzie was later appointed director of the Jubilee Institute for the Blind (now the Blind Foundation) in 1923.

The Blind Foundation has a long history of blind and low vision people achieving remarkable pursuits. The 7 Day Challenge bears striking similarities to a journey made by New Zealander Clutha Mackenzie in 1921 who rode over 700 miles on horseback to raise money for the Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund, which was used specifically for the welfare of blind people.

The Blind Foundation 7 Day Challenge starts in Mt Maunganui on Wednesday 1 November, and ends in Wellington on Tuesday 7 November. Find out more about the team’s epic schedule on our itinerary page. This year’s seven participants will be accompanied by a support crew including volunteer guides, and a video producer to document their experience.

We’ll be bringing you daily photos and video highlights so you can follow their progress – stay tuned!

You can also participate by taking on your own challenge. Find out more on our #WhatsYourChallenge page.

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7 people, 7 challenges, 7 days
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