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James Jessop —

Year 12 boys, James & Joey, raised over $800 for the 40 hour famine in Triathlon Style!!

We were being a tad ambitious this year and decided that we would attempt to swim 40 lengths (1km), cycle 40km and run 40km which is roughly a marathon. In the days leading up to the event, there was quite a bit of second-guessing and uncertainty to whether this was a realistic target to accomplish. However, we stuck with it, acknowledging that we weren't doing it because it wasn’t meant to be easy, we wanted to push ourselves in spirit of fighting malnourishment in Bangladesh.

We were up before the sun on Saturday morning and cycled down to Huia Pool to complete the swim in about 40 minutes (in time to get back to football where we enjoyed a solid win over Wellington College). After a tough game, we set off on our cycle which we finished not too long before dark and then went home to a much needed rest & recharge for the run. With what little energy we had left, we begun our trek along the Hutt River Trail all the way to up to Harcourt Park at the back of Upper Hutt from where we turned around and came back the same way. As numb, fatigued and drained as we were, there was not a more satisfying feeling than appreciating the feat we had overcome and knowing how much of a difference the money we raised through the many generous sponsors will have on the lives of those less-fortunate than ourselves in Bangladesh.

We haven't got an official number yet, but together, it's looking like we've raised well-over $800!!!

James Jessop