Last weekend’s sporting events sparked the Christmas spirit

By: Clayton Mitchell

Clayton Mitchell
New Zealand First MP

The Mount was buzzing with activity on the weekend of December 14-15 with some very positive and inspiring events happening.

There was a fantastic turn out for the Mount Monster race, with spectators and athletes from all over the country taking part. Competitions like the Mount Monster are always a great way to bring people together to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

Alongside the race was another fantastic initiative. It was quite inspiring to see the ‘Thirty-Eight in 38’ fundraiser participants in action. The goal of this fundraiser was to climb the Mount 38 times in 38 hours to raise funds for the Catwalk Trust, which works to support research into new treatments for those with spinal cord injuries.

These injuries can be life-altering and debilitating. Therefore, the search for a cure is a very worthwhile and noble cause. I want to commend those involved in the fundraiser for their dedication and well-needed contributions.

The holiday season is always such a special time. As the year starts to wind down, the atmosphere of celebration, community and family starts to ramp up. The weekend’s events were a great way to spark a bit of the Christmas spirit as we came together as a community.

I will be hitting the ground running in 2020 as we enter the election year, but for now, I am looking forward to some well needed R&R with my family over the next few weeks. I hope you all find a sense of joy and celebration wherever you are this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!