LesMillsChequeWaikato businesses have been put through their paces in a gruelling military-style bootcamp to raise money for True Colours.

Eight teams took part in the month-long bootcamp, organised by Les Mills, to help fundraise for the charity, which provides a free integrated model of care to children and their families living with a serious or life-threatening illness.

The teams of five from BNZ, Hamilton City Council, Heathcotes, Les Mills (three teams) and Tainui (two teams) raised over $30,000. This is the second year Les Mills have run the corporate challenge bootcamp for charity which has proved a great success.

Amy McLean, Reception Manager for Les Mills Hamilton, said True Colours was chosen as the charity to support because it ticked all of the boxes. “We wanted to encourage the teams to fundraise for a local charity that helped children, which True Colours does,” she said. “Only a couple of the teams knew about the work True Colours does so it was great to help raise the awareness.”

The Waikato-based charity, which has just undergone a rebrand to be known as True Colours Children’s Health Trust, is entirely community funded, requiring it to raise money each year through community donations, corporate fundraisers and grants.

Cynthia Ward, CEO and nurse specialist for True Colours Children’s Health Trust; said the Les Mills fundraiser was a fantastic result for the Trust. “It is overwhelming to receive this financial support from the businesses involved in the bootcamp and to hear the stories of what the participants did to raise the money,” Mrs Ward said. “Their generosity will make a significant difference to the children and families we care for.”

To date, True Colours has supported over 1,000 families in the greater Waikato region. Mrs Ward is hoping more people will become aware of the services the Trust offers through its new look website: www.truecolours.org.nz